Understanding Citizens' Encounters with the Welfare State: Structures, Institutions and Actors (SIW4400)

Master's course
For exchange students

This course provides an overview of useful theoretical perspectives when analyzing citizens' encounters with the welfare state.

  • Admission requirements

    There are no specific requirements for this course.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    Application deadline: 15 April.

  • Content

    The course covers theories on individual agency, social networks, structural and functionalist explanatory models, social reproduction and social change, social construction and interactional processes. The theories will be applied on current issues in welfare society and in social policies. 

    In this course we acknowledges the diversity of experiences that people have in their encounters with social welfare. 

    We address the importance of class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality and the intersectionality of these factors for the distribution of life opportunities and resources. 

    Current global challenges highlights the interdependencies between people and countries.  The complexity of globalization and sustainability are reflected on many levels of social life. 

    In this course we discuss the impact of these challenges such as changing family structures and demographic aging, new ethnic diversity among households and care strategies, recognition of the needs and interests of persons with disabilities, lgbtq+ and religious minorities, as well as welfare systems and societies at large.  

  • Teaching methods

    The course will comprise a mix of lectures and active student involvement. Students will end the course with a paper and a presentation in which they discuss one of the theories covered in the curriculum. There will be a meeting set aside for student presentations.

  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (student.oslomet.no).

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

  • Exam and assessment

    The assessment consists of an individual six hour school exam. 

Questions about this course?

You can contact us by e-mail if you have questions about this course.