[ 929RASPSPMK14 ] KS Political Dynamics of Social Policy-Making in Select Fields

Es ist eine neuere Version 2020W dieser LV im Curriculum Master's programme Joint Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare 2020W vorhanden.
Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
5 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Social Science Margitta Mätzke 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Joint Master's Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare 2016W
Objectives This course provides students with in-depth knowledge into the actual politics of welfare policy-making in select social policy fields. The focus of attention is on political processes and the political institutions that structure those processes in select social policy fields. The class has an explicitly comparative outlook, examining differences in the political processes across countries.
Subject Students will observe institutions, organizations, decision-making procedures, and actors “at work”, when they produce social policy decisions, act (or function) within the arenas of their respective political environments, and interact with one another. This will also convey an understanding of the relationship between the various formal institutional setups that exist at national and supranational levels and the actual political dynamics taking place within these frameworks. The course addresses issues of political feasibility, prospects for policy innovation, considerations of the “political cost” of alternative courses of action, possible points of contention over certain social policy issues and the danger of reform gridlock and political stagnation.
The specific policy field or substantive focus of attention of this course is variable. The class will focus either on health policy, or on pension policy, or on disability policy, or on social policy-making in supranational arenas, such as the European Union.
Criteria for evaluation Cumulative grade: 70% final paper and 30% participation in the discussions.
Methods Introductory lectures during Intensive Programme, afterwards discussion boards and tutoring supported by Moodle and individual studies of the theoretical literature and other sources of course. Final essay.
Language English
Study material Course materials will be provided by the instructor.
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 30
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority