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Social Policy - JSM519
Title: Social Policy
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 0 / unknown (0)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mirna Jusić, M.A., Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JSM727
Interchangeability : JSM727
Is incompatible with: JSM727
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (13.11.2019)
This graduate course should improve theoretical knowledge of students on social policy in present post-industrial world. The main perspective will be put on concept of " the welfare state regimes or models" and their practical consequences in different social policy areas, mainly employment policy, pension, family and long-term policies and policies tackling poverty problems. They will be analysed in the context of the European Union countries and the typical welfare state modes. The attention will be also put on the emerging welfare state regimes in the Central and Eastern Europe.

The course will be organised in the form of seminars (12) where students will actively work on topics covered in the recommended literature.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (20.02.2019)

This course is designed to help students acquire knowledge about most challenging problems facing the European welfare states nowadays. After completion of this course, students should be able to:

-          Know theoretical concept of welfare state (its history, functions, threats).

-          Know how welfare states in Europe cope with the most recent challenges of the dynamics of (post)industrial society.

-          Understand what are the most important social problems and the policy implications in the present European states.

-          Understand the alternative options in social policy, analyze the links between the social, economic and political context, policy solutions, and impacts of the policies accepted.

-          Know pros and cons social policy reform in the Czech Republic in the process of social policy transformation in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

Last update: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (18.02.2020)

F.G.Castles, S. Leibfried, J. Lewis, H. Obinger, Ch. Pierson: The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State. Oxford University Press, 2010, part II, VII, VIII



Requirements to the exam
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská, Ph.D. (15.02.2021)

All students are obliged to:

  • participate at least in 10 (out of 12) online seminars,

  • fulfil 10 tasks in Moodle dealing with a seminar topic (handouts, questions etc.),

  • present one topics within the seminars (presentation in teams)

  • hand in essay.

The attendance of the seminars (10) is compulsory.


Tasks – A student is supposed to be prepared for a seminar topic covered by recommended scientific article/articles and answer questions or fulfill the task available in Moodle.  Such tasks will be evaluated with up to 4 points.  They have to be uploaded to Moodle at least one day before seminar, until 3 pm. 

Presentation - Teams of two or three students will present selected topics during the seminars. 

Essay -  The essay should cover one of the fields of social policy from a WS perspective. The length of the essay is approx. 24 000 to 30 000 characters (with spaces without references).




Construction of students’ performance evaluation


Points (up to)

Tasks (10)









Points (total)





Excellent (výborně)





Very good (velmi dobře)





Good (dobře)

Less than 50


Fail (neprospěl)

Last update: Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská, Ph.D. (03.02.2021)

Course leader and lecturer:

Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovska,


Joni Santeri Askola, MA,

Mgr. Mirna Jusić, 


Organization of the course:

17.2. Introductory Session (OA)

24.2. Seminar 1 Welfare state typologies (JA)

3.3. Seminar 2 New welfare state typologies Welfare state development in CEE (OA)

10.3. Seminar 3 Welfare state development in the late 80s and 90s (JA)

17.3. Seminar 4 New, active WS. “Enabling state” (JA)

24.3. Seminar 5 WS and value change (JA)

31.3. Seminar 6 WS and pension issues (OA)

7.4. Seminar 7 WS and family issues (MJ)

14.4. Seminar 8 WS and long-term care (OA)

21.4. Seminar 9 WS and unemployment (MJ)

28.4. Seminar 10 WS and the European Union (MJ)

5.5. Seminar 11 WS and redistribution: income differences and inequalities (OA)./Future of the WS

12.5. Rektorský den/ Rector´s day 

Entry requirements
Last update: Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská, Ph.D. (03.02.2021)

Conditions of enrollment:

The course is compulsory for students for Czech and English Master’s degree programs of Public and Social Policy. The course is also open to other MA students of other programs of Faculty of Social Sciencies.

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