Welfare State and Social Policy in Sweden

15 credits

The aim of the course is to develop a basic understanding of the Swedish welfare state and of Swedish social policies in a historical and comparative perspective. The course provides an introduction into the historical genesis, the structural shape and the socioeconomic outcomes of the Swedish welfare state and of major areas of Swedish social policy. Another theme concerns the new challenges and current developments in the Swedish model and in particular areas of public welfare provision. Moreover, the course also focuses on cross-national variations in the welfare state, and how the Swedish case can be characterized in comparison to other capitalist industrialized countries. Besides this, the course also introduces central concepts and theoretical approaches in welfare state research, including comparative typologies, as tolls for systematic descriptions and analyses.

The course is combined with national-, international- and exchange students.


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.