Checking date: 16/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Social policy and welfare state
Bachelor in Sociology (Plan: 402 - Estudio: 208)


Department assigned to the subject: Social Analysis Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Specific subjects are not required.
1) Ability to manage relevant information. 2) Critical thinking. 3) Ethical commitment. 4) Organizational and planning capacities. 5) Work in an interdisciplinary team. 6)Ability to identify and measure factors of social vulnerability and conflicting processes. 7) Ability to contribute to the design of public policies to address social problems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
SUBJECT 1: INTRODUCTION: CONCEPTUALIZATION ON SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE What is Social Policy?: Objectives, criteria, achievements and limitations. Addressing concepts related to Social Policy and Welfare. SUBJECT 2: PRECEDENTS AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE WELFARE STATE Inception and historical development of the Welfare State: concepts, approaches, stages and models. Changes in social structure: threats and challenges for the Welfare State. SUBJECT 3: SOCIAL POLICY IN SPAIN Evolution and Development of Social Policy and Welfare State in Spain. Old and new policies. Sectorial and transversal policies: scopes and limitations. Social policies in recent decades. Territorial decentralization of social policies. Actors involved in public policy. SUBJECT 4: EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND MAINTENANCE OF INCOME Social policy, labor market and employment, public pensions system and benefits and income security policies. SUBJECT 5: HEALTH POLICY AND SOCIAL SERVICES National health system in Spain and its development. Social services and social assistance in Spain. Dependency Law. SUBJECT 6: EDUCATION AND HOUSING POLICIES The educational system in Spain: development and legislative changes. The system of provision and access to houses in Spain. SUBJECT 7: OTHER SOCIAL INCLUSION POLICIES AND EXTENSION OF RIGHTS New approaches based on cross-cutting principles: equal opportunities, reconciliation, anti-discrimination, immigration ... Governance and networking in the field of social policies and the fight against poverty and exclusion. Territorial and participatory policies: levels and actors. Participatory budgeting and community Plans Work-life balance policiy and policies for family-support Basic Income SUBJECT 8: SOCIAL POLICY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION The European process and the multilevel system of European social protection: supranational, state and sub-state levels European guidelines and recommendations for social policies. The Lisbon Strategy and the European Strategy 2020.
Learning activities and methodology
The credits are divided equally into two blocks of three credits each. Each of these blocks is assigned either to theoretical content or to a set of practical exercises. The theoretical contents will be supported by face-to-face and participative lessons using the tools that facilitate exposure. As for the practical exercises, classroom practices will be carried out at the end of each subject. In these classroom practices, some of the basic readings from the bibliography, press articles, regulatory texts, documentaries or films will be used as support.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Arriba González, Ana (coord.). Políticas Sociales y bienes sociales.. Madrid: Fundación FOESSA.. 2008
  • Eubanks, V. . Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor . International Kindle Paperwhite . 2018
  • Fantova, Fernando.. Diseño de Políticas Sociales: Fundamentos Estructura y Propuestas.. Madrid: CCS. 2014
  • Luque Balbona, D., Guillén, A. . El recalibrado del gasto social público en España ¿hacia un Estado orientado a la inversión social?, Revista REIS Número 175 (Julio - Septiembre 2021), pp. 85-103, 2021. CIS - Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. 2021
  • Montagut, T.. Política Social, una introducción.. Barcelona: Ariel.. 2008
  • Moreno, Luis.. Reformas de las Políticas de Bienestar en España.. Madrid: Ed. Siglo XXI.. 2009
  • Navarro, V. . The Political Economy of theChapter Welfare State in Developed Capitalist Countries en The Political Economy of Social Inequalities. Routledge. 2020
  • Orloff, A.S., Laperriere, M. . Políticas del bienestar y género en Ciudadanías. Revista De Políticas Sociales Urbanas, (7). Centro de Investigaciones en Políticas Sociales Urbanas. 2020
  • VV.AA.. Dilemas de la Política Social. Monográfico nº 154 de la revista Documentación Social (Revista de estudios sociales y sociología aplicada).. Madrid: Cáritas. 2009
  • Zalakain, Joseba y Barragué, Borja (coords.) . Repensar las políticas sociales.. Madrid: Editorial Grupo 5.. 2017
Additional Bibliography
  • Bregman, Rutger.. Utopía para realistas.. Madrid: Ed. Salamandra. 2017
  • Cachón, L. y Laparra, M. (coords.). Inmigración y Políticas Sociales.. Barcelona: Ediciones Bellaterra.. 2009
  • Colectivo Ioé.. Barómetro Social de España: análisis del período 1994-2006. . Madrid: Ed. Traficantes de Sueños.. 2008
  • García Roca, Joaquín.. Políticas y Programas de Participación Social.. Madrid: Síntesis.. 2004
  • González, J. J. y Requena, M. (eds.).. Tres décadas de cambio social en España.. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.. 2004
  • Lorenzo, F. (coord.).. Nueva estrategia europea: ¿hacia qué modelo social? . Madrid: Cáritas. Revista Documentación Social, 157.. 2010
  • Marshall, T. y Bottomore, T.. Ciudadanía y clase social.. Madrid: Alianza.. 1998
  • Mishra, R.. El Estado de Bienestar en Crisis. . Madrid: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social.. 1992
  • VV.AA.. Revista Sociedad y Utopía, nº 32: Vivienda y Política Social en España (2008) y 34: Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales.. Madrid: Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. 2009
  • VV.AA.. La vivienda en España en el siglo XXI. Diagnóstico del modelo residencial y propuestas pera otra política de vivienda. Colección de Estudios 36. . Madrid: Fundación FOESSA.. 2013
  • Vidal Fernández, F. (coord.).. La exclusión social y el Estado del Bienestar en España¿. V Informe FUHEM de Políticas Sociales y Estado de Bienestar.. Madrid: FUHEM/ Icaria.. 2006

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