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.

A first part where 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, social rights, relationships and power relations in the labour market, gender aspects of welfare policy, welfare state organization and distributional outcomes and changes in conditions in the Swedish model.

The second part covers current perspectives in child welfare social work, how this field is organized, the nature of the interventions as well as consequences for children and families.

A third part covers domestic violence and children´s exposure. The course explores the political background, the development of the field of research and the current situation concerning social work with domestic violence with a focus of children´s exposure.