The module will give students an in-depth knowledge in social welfare state care systems and in conditions for development. The course will attend on new challenges the welfare state will meet in the near future due to economic turn-downs, growing elderly population, small number of children, large immigration, increasing social inequality and unemployment. The students will be made capable of reflecting on how professionals play a role in the formulation of policy responses to social problems as well as in the implementation of welfare policies. The module will provide analytical tools so that the students can identify critical elements in political and social development.
Students will do field visits to Stavanger municipality during this module; interviewing politicians and policymakers related to democratic structures and processes in social welfare institutions and social policy decision-making. The module will qualify students for development work, research and provide knowledge requested by many actors today within the field of social services and social policy administration.
The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.More information