Minor Programme

Welfare State and Welfare Policy

The module give the students understanding of how different welfare regimes work (established and emerging) and how they follow different institutional logics - in particular regarding the Nordic model. The module will give understanding of the processes of democratization and inclusion of citizens in diverse nation states. It will enable students to understand the conditions for social and political development and to understand how welfare policies depend on the legal and political contexts. The module will introduce justifications for comprehensive welfare programs as well as critics of the welfare state. It relates social and political challenges for welfare policies in Scandinavia and Europe, to a global context. 

Master's level

Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Sciences


Spring 2020

Passed 1st semester of the study programme. Open to European Master in Social Work with Families and Childre.


English, B1

The Courses

The module will give students an in-depth knowledge in social welfare state care systems and in conditions for development. The course will attend on new challenges the welfare state will meet in the near future due to economic turn-downs, growing elderly population, small number of children, large immigration, increasing social inequality and unemployment. The students will be made capable of reflecting on how professionals play a role in the formulation of policy responses to social problems as well as in the implementation of welfare policies. The module will provide analytical tools so that the students can identify critical elements in political and social development.

Students will do field visits to Stavanger municipality during this module; interviewing politicians and policymakers related to democratic structures and processes in social welfare institutions and social policy decision-making. The module will qualify students for development work, research and provide knowledge requested by many actors today within the field of social services and social policy administration.

How to apply


  1. Nomination Letter sent by email from your home institution to
  2. Online Registration Form
    You will receive the link to the online form by email after we have received your nomination. For students applying for the spring semester only, you will receive this link in September/October.
  3. Transcript of Records/Diploma from all university education (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. We can only accept official copies.
  4. Copy of your passport or ID card
    The required documentation must be sent in PDF or Word format to in PDF format. Write EXCHANGE followed by your name in the subject field. Example: EXCHANGE John Smith.'
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University of Stavanger


The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

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