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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. Students will get insights in the diversity of European social policies and policy instruments, of 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, work and social security.

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.