Comparative political economy

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/04
Language
English
Learning objectives
Undefined
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Remote learning relies on 20 online sessions via Microsoft Teams
https://www.microsoft.com/it-it/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group-cha…

Same as in class-based lectures, remote sessions are conducted in a very interactive way in order to:
a) favour discussion, both student-professor and among students
b) stimulate critical thinking
c) fine tuning the course content in accordance with students' interests
d) strenghten students' oral communication skills.

READINGS
The syllabus will remain the same

EXAM RULES
The written test for both attending and non attending students is converted into an ORAL exam at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The course focuses on welfare state development and its main determinants since origins in the XIX century until the recent phase of crisis and reform. Th course is articulated on 2 units.
Unit 1 provides: a) the fundamental analytical tools for the study of social protection systems in a comparative perspective; b) an analysis of developmental factors and dynamics;
c) a presentation of the different welfare/welfare state models and regimes; d) a discussion of the "crisis" of the welfare state, paying special attention to its endogenous and exogenous determinants.
Unit 2 first applies the analytical concepts and framework presented in Unit 1 to provide an in depth analysis of two different sectors in the field of social assistance policies:
a) Anti-poverty policies and minimum income schemes
b) Childcare policies and the social investment paradigm
Further, it enlarges the territorial coverage of the course by approaching welfare development in Latin America, Eastern European countries and East Asia, with
particular attention to the relations between democracy, development and the
welfare state.
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary knowledge is required to attend the course/take the exam.
Teaching methods
The course is based on 20 lecture-based sessions.
These lectures are conducted in a very interactive way in order to:
a) favour discussion, both student/professor and among students
b) stimulate critical thinking
c) fine tuning the course content in accordance with students' interests
d) strenghten students' oral communication skills.
Teaching Resources
Readings for attending students.
A full list of readings will be distributed at the beginning of the course.
For a preliminary list see the 2019/2020 syllabus on the Ariel page of the course

Readings for non attending students.
Unit 1
Greve, B. (2014), Welfare and the Welfare State. Present and Future, London, Routledge.
Unit 2
Hemerijck, A. (2013) Changing Welfare States, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending students.
Students take a sit-down written exam on Units 1 & 2
The exam includes a selection of multiple choice questions and 1-2 open questions.
The criteria for assessing responses to open questions are: clarity of expression, logical structure, analytical precision, comprehensiveness of information.

Non attending students.
Students have to pass a sit-down written exam comprising 2 broad open questions: 1 per volume. The criteria for assessing responses to open questions are: clarity of expression, logical structure, analytical precision, comprehensiveness of information.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Office Hours: see the Italian page
Room 203, 2nd Floor (entrance Via Passione 13)