Checking date: 29/11/2021

Course: 2022/2023

The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (320)

Coordinating teacher: OZEL SERBETÇI, ISIK

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


· Theoretical and applied knowledge of the welfare state, its historical evolution and its varieties. . Comprehension of varying roles of political and economic actors in different varieties of the welfare state. · Understanding institutional frameworks of welfare states and their changes in the face of multiple challenges like globalization, regionalization and crises. . Applied knowledge to analyze the functioning of welfare states linked to fiscal and monetary institutions. . Understanding the mechanisms regarding the transmission of crises in various models of welfare states. · Understanding the political and social bases of the welfare state in its distinct models. · Analysis of the challenges faced by welfare states with respect to recent transformations in socio-economic and political spheres.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The welfare state: origins, evolution and current characteristics. Citizenship and the welfare state. Types of welfare state. Social and cultural foundations of the welfare state. Distribution of risks, opportunities and economic efficiency in contemporary societies. Patterns of inequality: State, market and family. The third sector. Social movements: recognition and redistribution. The current problems of the welfare state. Welfare state, regionalization and globalization. Economic crisis and the welfare state. Attitudes toward redistribution and welfare state in comparative perspective.
Learning activities and methodology
Learning Activities o Lectures o Sections/ practical classes o Classes which combine theory and practice o Office hours o Team work/ assignments Teaching Methodology This course consists of lectures and a number of activities which will be carried out by the students. In general, classes are designed in a manner to promote active participation and critical thinking of students. Therefore, it is essential that they come to class prepared to discuss the readings assigned for that particular session. There will be group activities, presentations, class and small group discussions in designated sessions. Office hours Office hours which will be held on a weekly basis will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Additionally, students can consult with the professor about their specific questions via email.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Castles, F. G., Leibfried, S., Lewis, J., Obinger, H., & Pierson, C. (Eds.). . The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State. OUP Oxford. 2010
  • Esping-Andersen, Gosta. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton University Press. 1990
  • Taylor-Gooby, P. . New risks, new welfare: the transformation of the European welfare state. Oxford University Press.. 2004

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.