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Welfare-State and Social Policies

Code 13378
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Daytime; Presential
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes - In depth the knowledge about the welfare state model, its characteristics and recent changes;
- Contribute to a better understanding of the welfare state and social policies in Portugal and in Europe in comparative perspective;

- At the end of CU students should be able to:
- Understand the main features and changes in the welfare state and in the social policies;
- Interpret the strengths and limitations of social policies in their intervention and organizational practices;
- Recognize the role of social policies in different policy areas (health, public housing, education or social security);
- Promote entrepreneurial strategies that enable and/or compensate the role of the social policies.




Syllabus PART I - Social policies in the "risk society"

1.1. Risk, individualization and the breaking of social ties
1.2. Social exclusion and social policies in risk society
1.3. Social risk and uncertainty
PART II The Welfare State
2.1. Social and economic backgrounds
2.2. Contradictions and crisis of the welfare state
2.3. Welfare State and Civil Society
2.4. Social policies
PART III - The Portuguese welfare state in comparative perspective
3.1. National models of welfare state
3.2. The Portuguese welfare state
3.3. Social policies in Portugal
3.4. The Social Security
PART IV - The involvement of civil society
4.1. Civil society
4.2. Welfare state and the third sector
PART V - Globalisation, Liberalism and Social Policies
Main Bibliography Esping-andersen, G. (1990), The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Cambridge: Polity Press.
Esping-Andersen, G. (2002), Why We Need a New Welfare State, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Ferragina, E.; Seeleib-Keiser, M.; Spreckelsen (2014), “The Four Worlds of ‘Welfare Reality’, Social Policy and Society, 1-21.
Ferreira, S. (2004), "O papel de movimento social das organizações do terceiro sector em Portugal", Actas do V Congresso Português de Sociologia, Braga.
Garland, D. (2016), Welfare State, a very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Gamble, A. (2016), Can the Welfare State Survive?, Cambridge, Polity Press.
Gidron, B. & Bar, M. (eds) (2010) Policy Initiatives Towards the Third Sector in International Perspective, London, Springer.
Hespanha, P. (2008), “Políticas sociais: novas abordagens, novos desafios, Revista de Ciências Sociais, Vol. 39, nº 1, 5-15.
Hespanha, P. e CARAPINHEIRO, G. (orgs) (2001), Risco social e incerteza. Pode o Estado Social recuar mais?, Porto, Afrontamento.
Mayes, D. & Michalski, A. (2013), The changing welfare state in Europe, Londres, Edward Elgar.
Mendes, F. R. (2011), Segurança Social, o futuro hipotecado, Lisboa: FFMS.
Mozzicafreddo, J. (1997), Estado Providência e Cidadania em Portugal, Oeiras: Celta.
Quintão, C. (2011), “O Terceiro Sector e a sua renovação em Portugal”, Working papers, U. do Porto, 2ª série, nº 2.
Santamaría, J. C. (1998), El Déficit Social Neoliberal : del Estado del bienestar a la sociedad de la exclusion, Santander, Presencia Social.
Santos, B. de S. (1990) O Estado e a Sociedade em Portugal (1974-1988), Porto: Afrontamento
Silva, F. C. (2013), O Futuro do Estado Social, Lisboa: FFMS.
Silva, F. C. (org.) (2013), Os Portugueses e o Estado-Providência: uma perspectiva comparada, Lisboa, ICS.
Silva, P. A. (2002), “O modelo de welfare da Europa do Sul, reflexões sobre a utilidade do conceito, Sociologia Problemas e Práticas, nº 38, pp. 25-59.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria One mini test (30%) one group essay (50%), participation in clas (20%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-31

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