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Předmět, akademický rok 2017/2018
Social Policy - JSM519
Anglický název: Social Policy
Zajišťuje: Katedra veřejné a sociální politiky (23-KVSP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015
Semestr: letní
Body: 9
E-Kredity: 9
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 30 / neomezen (30)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
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Garant: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská
Vyučující: Mgr. Ing. Olga Angelovská
Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: 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.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: 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.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (13.11.2019)

All students are obliged to:

participate in seminars (75% attendance),

fulfil 10 short handouts dealing with a seminar topic,

write 5 short tests summarizing knowledge of two previous seminars (4 questions),



Seminar groups


- Czech group - upper-intermediate group which will be held in Czech. Students are supposed to be advanced in social policy (for example they attended bachelor level in Social policy, Family policy etc.). They will discuss advanced articles.

- English group - compulsory for students of English Master´s degree program of Public and Social Policy (or English speaking students from other programs) and Czech students; who will not participate in the Czech group.


Handouts – A student is supposed to be prepared for a seminar topic covered by recommended scientific article/articles and answer questions in handout (available in Moodle). Handouts have to be recorded to Moodle at least one day before seminar - Tuesdays 12.00 p.m. Later submission will be penalised.


Evaluation of handouts (maximum points 4)


1. fulfilled handout (at least average quality) in time                       1 point

2. quality of comments (correctness and consistence of used arguments, using an additional literature and scientific sources  etc.)                              1-3 points





 Construction of students’ performance evaluation


Points (up to)

Handouts (10)


Short tests (5)





Points (total)



73 and more


Excellent (výborně)





Very good (velmi dobře)





Good (dobře)

Less than 41


Fail (neprospěl)

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (13.11.2019)

Organization of the course:

Introduction to the course. 

The welfare state (WS) – definitions, examples of theories explaining development of the present welfare states. The classical welfare state typologies (Titmuss, Esping-Andersen).

New typologies of WS: new variants of the regimes, recent typologies of the welfare states (Ferrera, Bonoli and others)

Welfare state reform in Central and Eastern Europe

Welfare state crisis and capacity of different welfare regimes to cope with the new challenges. Challenges faced by the contemporary social policies and welfare states. Welfare states in transition 1980s-1990s.

Value change and the welfare states

Welfare state crisis and capacity of different welfare regimes to cope with the new challenges,

Pension policy and the welfare states.

Family policy in the European Union. Relationship of family policy to fertility and female labour force participation. Family policy regimes in Europe. Gender and the welfare state.

Poverty, social exclusion, social assistance. Systems of social security. Social assistance schemes and social assistance regimes.

Unemployment as a social problem. Welfare States as employment and unemployment regimes.

Long-term care and the WS. 

Migration and the welfare state.


Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D. (13.11.2019)

Conditions of enrollment:

The course is compulsory for students for Czech and English Master’s degree programs of Public and Social Policy. Students of other programs could register and participate in the course after approval by the course leaders.

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