Syllabus

This course is intended as a general introduction to the emergence and development of the Swedish welfare state with a focus on the welfare states importance for social work. The course consists of three parts.

In a first part, the historical context and political circumstances that form the basis for the Swedish model is highlighted. This part covers key areas of political economy and welfare policy, concepts of e.g. social rights, welfare state organization/governance and distributional outcomes and changes in conditions in the Swedish model.

A second part will cover the socio-economic situation and living conditions of elderly in Sweden. This is related to social legislation and guidelines regulating care and the development of practices and models in social work with elderly in Sweden. This part further offers an overview of current Swedish research of relevance for social work with elderly people.

A third part highlights various forms of, conditions for and social work with disabled in Swedish society. This part focuses on forms and definitions of disability and the socio-economic situation and living conditions of disabled. Essential legal and social policy regulations will be discussed as well as the organization and content of support and social work models.