ASOA15075U Sociology of the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives

Volume 2019/2020

Elective Course

Course package (MSc 2015):

Welfare, Inequality and Mobility



The course focuses on theories of welfare state development in a global context. Thus, it breaks with the traditional Eurocentricism and includes theoretical reflections and contributions from Asia, Latin America and Middle East and North Africa. The various welfare regimes across the globe are discussed with particular reference to class, gender, ethnicity and generation.

The aim of the course is to enable students to critically engage with welfare state theory from a sociological perspective

Learning Outcome


Students will acquire a thorough understanding of human welfare based on theoretical sociological insight.


Students will be provided with analytical skills.


Students will develop competences that will enable them to critically understand and analyse the social dynamics determining human welfare

See syllabus in Absalon

lectures and exercises
This course has limited space.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Course Preparation
  • 70
  • Exam
  • 96
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 12
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Students are expected to be active in class

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination under invigilation
Individual or group.
If the synopsis is written by more than one student, the oral exam will generally be a group exam. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under either BSc Curriculum 2016 or MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.

Credit- and Exchange students can be at both bachelor and master level.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

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Synopsis with oral defence.
Written assignment with one or more new questions asked.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see the learning outcome