1266 Social Policy
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. August Österle
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
23.09.2020 bis 28.09.2020
Anmeldung über LPIS
Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Freitag 09.10.2020 09:00 - 13:00 D4.0.144
Freitag 16.10.2020 09:00 - 13:00 D4.0.144
Freitag 23.10.2020 09:00 - 13:00 D4.0.144
Freitag 06.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 13.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 D4.0.144
Freitag 20.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

In case of plan B (reduced number of places in lecture halls), this course will follow the rotation mode. Time in class is divided between two student groups (4 hour units will be split in two 2 hour units). This implies that students will work on parts of the content themselves (supported by self-study materials on learn@wu). Time in class will be used to illustrate and discuss key concepts, to clarify questions, and above all for exchange and discussion between students. Also, there will coaching sessions with student groups.

Inhalte der LV

Topics covered in this course:

  • social policy, social welfare and the welfare state: objectives, principles, actors, policies,
  • comparative welfare state analysis: comparing welfare states, welfare state models, 
  • European social policy: EU social policy, the impact of EU integration on national social policies,
  • sustainability of the welfare state. 

In addition, student group projects will deal with selected social policy issues in comparative perspective. 

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

The course provides a framework for understanding, reviewing and critical analysis of alternative approaches to the study and the practice of social policy. After attending this course, students will be able to:

  • outline and apply the conceptual foundations of social policy,
  • identify alternative welfare state models,
  • characterise social policies in selected countries,
  • evaluate the role of EU social policies,
  • analyse and discuss social policy approaches against the background of major economic and social policy objectives,
  • understand and discuss academic social policy papers. 

In addition, students will:

  • gain practice and improve their skills in writing, presenting and discussing their ideas.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

This being a ‘course with continuous assessment (PI)’, the university requires students to attend at least 80% of all classes for completing the course successfully. This means that you can miss a maximum of one out of six sessions during the whole semester. Ideally you don’t miss any classes.


The first part of the course is based on inputs by the lecturer and group discussions. In the second part of the course, groups of students will focus on selected social policy areas, present comparative analyses and discuss these in sub-group and/or plenary debates. Activities include:

  • lectures
  • team-based learning
  • group discussions
  • oral presentations
  • written papers 

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

The final grade is based on: 

  • exam: 40%
  • written paper (individual): 25%
  • group project with oral presentation (group): 25%
  • active participation in class: 10% 

Grades (point ranges):

  • Excellent (1): 90-100 points
  • Good (2): 80-89 points
  • Satisfactory (3):  65-79 points
  • Sufficient (4): 50-64 points
  • Fail (5): 0-49 points

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

This is a course offered for WU bachelor students (in the Economics and Socio-Economics Major program), as an elective course in the BBE programme (Course IV - Interactions of Economy and Society), and for incoming students as part of the English Program.

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden


Meetings by appointment 

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 30.06.2020