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As an emerging meta-discipline, socio-economics starts with the assumption that economics can not be considered as an autonomous system, but is embedded within a societal and institutional context that contains values/norms, power relations, and social networks. The main objective of this course is to enhance our understanding of the intricate relationship between the productive, employment, industrial relations and social protection systems and to assess the major transformations that have occurred in these systems during the last decades. After a review of the main discrepancies in the architecture of the European welfare, employment and productive systems the course intend also to examine the consequences of the major challenges, such as globalisation and ageing of the society, on the sustainability of our welfare state systems and identify the policy responses, both at the national and European level, that have been undertaken in order to cope with such challenges.


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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