AØKA08184U  The Danish Welfare model - for exhange students

Volume 2016/2017
Education

Non-Degree Course
For all students at Copenhagen University and exchange students but NOT availble for students enrolled for full degree programmes (Bachelor or Master) at the Department of Economics

Content

The Danish Welfare model is one of the most extensive and generous public models in the welfare states of the western world.

The Danish public sector is larger than any other country (more than 50% of GDP) and over 2 million Danes (out of a population of 5,7 million Danes) receive transfer payment from the state. With the “no contribution-principle” in education, health care and service for handicapped and elderly people, the Danish tax financed welfare thinking is carried much further than any other modern welfare state.

That is why there are good reasons to study Danish Welfare, as the best, famous and known in the world.

The welfare thinking in the country point out, that there has been no acceptance of the full consequences of the market forces, on economic distribution etc.

The welfare model has brought Denmark into the club of the ten richest countries in the OECD, with relative low unemployment rate, a substantial mobility on the labor market, over to the flexicurity model and a remarkable equally distribution of income, wealth and risks.

And the model is facing challenges – the economic growth has been slow, global competition and demography has set the model under pressure. The sustainability of the economy has been upturned by courageous welfare reforms in pension and labor policy.

There for the course will contain:

  • The theory, the system and the performing of the Danish Model

  • The origin and history and the legacy

  • The five financial sources

  • The organization of the welfare state

  • The flexicurity model of the labor market

  • Equality unequal’s, differences and disintegration

  • Education and health care

  • Pension and retirement

  • Democracy and the civil society

  • Business and the welfare

  • EU, Globalization and the Danish Welfare System

  • Will the Danish model survive the future challenges

Learning Outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Obtain thorough knowledge of social welfare theory related to the Danish Model

  • Understand and identify the structure of the structure of the Danish welfare system today

  • Define the consequence of the welfare history at today’s structure and policy and understand the different outcome of the institutional solutions of the back ground of the different historical decisions

  • Understand elementary economics and statistical sizes in ex basic demography, and actuarial elementary technique – understand the model of the fice financial sources and their impact on different goals in society

  • Account for different models of labor supply and the influence on retirement from the labor market

Skills:

  • Analyze differences and inequalities. Understand and analyze the content of poverty disintegration, economic division between rich and poor – between generations.

  • Understand and analyze welfare policy and its many alternative solutions In the market, in the public welfare end in the civil society

  • Analyze and understand the line between business and welfare.

Competencies:

  • Administrate economic and political functions, on a fair level in both the public and private sector.

 

Students in this course can be employed in international as well as national – regional or in municipalities – as well as in private companies, banks, insurance and in pension funds, and voluntary institutions, and social, humanitarian associations and NGO’s who are working with social welfare, social conditions or pensions.

  • Social welfare The Danish model – Bjarne Hastrup, Copenhagen 2011. 451 p. Web-edition can be found at: www.multivers.dk (BH 11)

  • The Social contract between the generations – Bjarne Hastrup, Copenhagen 2008,318 p. (BH 08)

  • The Danish Economic council – The English summary – spring 2016 – can be found at: www.dors.dk. (DORS 16)

There may be incongruence or insufficient cover between the hand-outs and curriculum. Then the curriculum is valid and will always be the valid curriculum at the exam.

None.
This course is NOT available for students enrolled in the bachelor or master degree at the Department of Economics
This is a course for students with an interest in the Danish welfare system and with little or no training in economic theory. It is very relevant for international students as well as Danish students from non-economics fields’ e.g. political science, sociology, business, and humanities.
During the course we will - if possible - invite opinion leaders from different political parties in the Danish parliament for a discussion on the future and reforms of the welfare state.
Schedule:

The course consists of 2x2 hours of classes (lectures) every week for 10-11 weeks.

Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of classroom please press the link under "Se skema" (See schedule) at the right side of this page (16E means Autumn 2016).

You can find the similar information partly in English at
https:/​/​skema.ku.dk/​ku1617/​uk/​module.htm
-Select Department: “2200-Økonomisk Institut” (and wait for respond)
-Select Module:: “2200-E16; [Name of course]””
-Select Report Type: List
-Select Period: “Efterrår/Autumn – Weeks 30-3”
Press: “ View Timetable”
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 5 days
The exam is a five day written take-home exam. The exam assignment is in English and must be answered in English.

The answer must maximum fill ten pages (10) and maximum one page annex.
It is mandatory to fill out the front pages. Remember to fill out the answer with exam number.

The exam should be filled out individually and cannot be answered in groups - and all questions should be answered. Please mark clearly in the text, what you submit as main text and what you submit as annex.
Exam registration requirements

None

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
100 % censorship
Exam period

The exame takes place from the December 12, 2016 at 10.00 AM to December 17, 2016 at 10.00 AM.

Re-exam

The written re-exam takes place from February 8, 2017 at 10.00 AM to February 13 at 10.00 AM. 

If only a few students have registered for the re-exam, the exam might change to an oral exam including the date for the exam, which will be informed  by the Examination Office.

Criteria for exam assesment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.

To receive the top grade, the student must be able to demonstrate in an excellent manner that he or she has acquired and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 124
  • Total
  • 206