The European Social Dimension

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)


The course seeks to consider the evolution and the future of European welfare states. It highlights the European citizenship, i.e. rights and obligations, from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

You will get insights in the diversity of European social policies, current socio-economic developments and socio-demographic trends. The course addresses and problematizes European social policy and explores the changing nature of the European social model. This provides the baseline for in-depth thematic elaborations on different social problems and future challenges for the EU in areas such as migration, gender and social security.

The main format for the course is web-based distance learning, part-time, in English. The main forms of instruction are lectures, seminars, and assigned readings. This will be combined with assignments and peer feedback.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires the successful completion of a minimum of 7,5 credits from either one or a combination of the courses EU4110 ‘Co-operation and Conflict in Europe: current theory and research’ (7,5 credits) and EU4310 ‘Research Methods in European Studies’ (15 credits), or equivalent knowledge. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

After graduation

After this course you are able to, for example:

  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect orally and in writing on the development and challenges of the European Social Dimension in connection to different dimensions,forms and instruments of social policymaking in the EU.
  • Analyze specific social issues by applying different theoretical approaches (such ascomparative vs. EU-level analyses, negative vs. positive integration, and “fromabove” vs. “from below” analyses).