7.5 credits

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.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.