The lectures will combine the expository method about the subjects of the syllabus of the curricular unit with participatory methods that stimulate an autonomous work by the students and the development of their analytical, communicational and teamwork skills. To this end students should develop and present a group work where they mobilize European information sources in the analysis of themes and challenges of European social policy.
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the debates on European integration, the policies, institutions and actors of the European governance of social policies and how it influences national policies.
Students should be aware of the evolution of European governance of social policies and able to relate it to the qualitative changes of the welfare state. They should identify the internal variety of the European social model and understand the interaction between European social policies and national welfare models, particularly in southern Europe. They should develop practical skills to mobilize sources of quantitative and qualitative information to reflect critically on the current challenges to the European social model.
Generally, the aim is to develop analytical and discursive competences related to the field of European social policies and their current challenges as well as students capacity for argumentation and collaboration.
1. The Welfare State and Social Policies
From emergency to criticism and crisis of the welfare state
From the welfare state to the social investment state
Welfare mixes and third sector
2. The social dimension of European integration
From the European Communities to the European Union
The European institutions and the production of social policies
The institutional frameworks of the European social model
Governance of European social policy
Social and civic dialogue
3. Variety in the European social model
Social policies and social protection regimes
The welfare state in Southern Europe
Problems and social policies in Portugal: the Portuguese social model
From policies to indicators: social information in the European Union
4. Old and new themes and challenges in European social policy
Combating poverty and social exclusion
Employment, unemployment and precariousness
Equality between women and men
Aging and dependency
Climate change and vulnerability
Migrations and citizenship.
Sílvia Maria Dias Ferreira
Periodic or by final exam as given in the course information: 100.0%
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