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Ansvarlig avdeling:
Fakultet for helse, velferd og organisasjon
Campus Fredrikstad
Bengt Morten Wenstøb
½ år

HOVFEL21020 Comparative welfare systems (Vår 2023)

Emnet er tilknyttet følgende studieprogram

Elective course in the following programmes:

  • Bachelor in Child Welfare

  • Bachelor in Nursing

  • Bachelor in Social Educator Training

  • Bachelor in Social Work

  • Bachelor in Work and Welfare Studies

The course is open for international students within the same bachelor programmes.

The course is to be combined with:

HOVFEL20020 - Digitalisation and interdisciplinary collaboration in health and welfare services (10 ECTS)

Absolutte forkunnskaper

The course is to be combined with:

HOVFEL20020 - Digitalisation and interdisciplinary collaboration in health and welfare services (10 ECTS).

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Completed courses from the first year of the bachelor programme.


4th semester (spring).

Studentens læringsutbytte etter bestått emne


The student:

  • has knowledge about different welfare systems with emphasis on the Nordic model

  • has knowledge about division of responsibility and labour in welfare provision, including the roles of voluntary and commercial agencies

  • can acquire updated knowledge relating to current debates on the development of the welfare state


The student:

  • can identify, evaluate and reference relevant literature on challenges relating to welfare policy, and relate this to a relevant research question

  • can reflect upon social inequality and inclusion

General competence

The student:

  • has knowledge of the relationships between health, education, work and standard of living

  • can present the differences and similarities between different welfare systems


  • Welfare systems

  • Current debates on the challenges in the welfare state

  • Different systems’ ways of dealing with challenges

  • The following service users are emphasized in the module:

- Children and young people

- People who misuse drugs and people who experience mental health issues

- People who have experienced violence and sexual abuse

  • Digitalisation and inclusion, equality and non-discrimination

  • The future of welfare

Undervisnings- og læringsformer

Relevant learning methods: Digital methods like screencast and podcast, lectures, group activities, seminars, workshop.


Expected study effort in the course is 130 hours.


No practical training/internship in this course.

Arbeidskrav - vilkår for å avlegge eksamen

  • Participation in compulsory activities. Look into the general part of the curriculum.

Requirements must be approved before the student can complete the exam.


Digital written exam under supervision (Multiple Choice).

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • No aids allowed

  • Grading system: A-F.


Internal examinator.

Evaluering av emnet

Feedback from our students is vital in order for us to be able to offer best possible courses and study programmes. The following forms of evaluation are used for this course:

- Continuous evaluation with reference group

- Final evaluation

The results are considered in a programme council.


The reading list was last updated December 19th 2019.

Castles, F. G., Pierson, C., & Naumann, I. K. (2014). The Welfare state reader (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Polity. Utvalgte kapitler.

Utvalgte artikler

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