Faculty of Arts


SOCIOL 317

Sociology of the Welfare State


Description

This course examines the differing origins and possible futures of welfare states. Using a range of theoretical viewpoints, the course considers the historical shift from a Keynesian welfare state to a neo-liberal state and questions whether recent "Third Way" policies provide a solution to future welfare needs. The course is comparative but includes a significant focus on Aotearoa New Zealand.

COURSE AIMS

At the end of the course you should have gained knowledge and understanding about:

  • Where the New Zealand welfare state is situated in comparison with other countries;
  • The historical development of the welfare state in New Zealand and internationally
  • The ways that differences in the values driving welfare states maintain or challenge gendered and racialised assumptions, impact upon citizens and citizenship and reflect different political perspectives and institutional histories

In addition to standard writing and literacy skills, you will develop specific research skills appropriate to a policy-related course. These include:

  • Reflecting on and synthesising concepts and ideas from a wide range of academic and other relevant sources
  • Constructing and presenting appropriate arguments about policy issues as the basis for assessment tasks
  • Developing comparative policy analysis skills across different policy areas and across different countries

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Dr Louise Humpage

Reading/Texts

A course reader will be made available via CANVAS.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

SOCIOL 317: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points at Stage II in International Relations and Business or Sociology, or SOCSCIPH 200 


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