Theoretical Approaches to Social Protection

The course introduces students to theoretical perspectives on welfare state and social policy. The course qualify students to critically reflect on theoretical and empirical arguments about social protection and public policy. Students explore the impact of theories about state and society on social policy and finaly to welfare and social stratification. The focus of the course is on impact of social policy to social reproduction, social cohesion and social inequalities. 

Course outline:

  1. Social Policy as Social Administration
  2. Industrial Society and social protection
  3. Technological determinism and mechanisms of social protection
  4. Collective bargaining and reformism 
  5. Social protection and functionalism
  6. Social protection and marxism 
  7. New social movements and social protection


  • Gil, David C. (1973) "Theoretical. Perspectives on the Analysis and Development of Social Policies," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare:Vol. 1 : Iss. 1 , Article 15
  • Greve, B. (2009), The A to Z of Welfare State, The Scarecrow Press, Toronto
  • Lavallete, M. and Pratt, A. (2005), Social Policy. Theories, Concepts and Issues, SAGE Publication, UK.
  • Lister, R. (2010), Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy, Policy Press, Bristol, UK.
  • Mishra, R. (1981), Society and Social Policy, Theories and Practice of Welfare, McMilan.
  • Petersen, A. (, (1999), Poststructuralism, Citizenship ans Social Policy, Routledge. 
  • Pierson, C. (1999), The new politics of Welfare State, Oxford University Press.
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