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The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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FNSC1112 Nordic Welfare State from a Comparative View 3-5 ECTS 3–5 ECTS
Organised by
Finnish-Nordic Society and Culture
Person in charge
Lauri Mäkinen

Learning outcomes

The course provides students with basic knowledge of the Nordic welfare state model and comparative social policy research. During the course students will learn about different policy areas, e.g. income distribution and family policy. Special attention is given to comparative social policy and understanding of the factors influencing different policy areas, as well as outcomes of different policies.


Lectures will start with introduction to the traditions and principles of the Nordic welfare state model and comparative social policy research. The introduction lecture is followed by five lectures, each of which will concentrate on different areas of research concerning the welfare state (e.g. poverty, income distribution, families).

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work 3 ECTS
  • In English
Essay 2 ECTS
  • In English

Lectures and lecture exam (FNSC1113 3 credits) and an essay (FNSC1113 2 credits, optional)

An exam:
Exam in electronic exam service Tenttis (
Study materials (an exam):
-Kvist, J., Fritzell, J., Hvinden, B. & Kangas, O. (2012). Changing social equality: The Nordic welfare model in the 21st century
- Lecture slides
An essay (– 2 credits, optional):
Students who wish to earn 5 ECTS for the course write an essay of 2 ECTS on a topic related to the themes discussed in the lectures.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Numeric 0-5. For the 2 ECTS version student may also choose to be graded by pass/fail.

Further information

No registration for the course required.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Basic module (Finnish-Nordic Society and Culture)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences
Postgraduate Degrees, soc
Finnish-Nordic Society and Culture