ISA3000 - Policy, Welfare and Inequality


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters A

Course content

This course is anchored in how structural conditions frame the lives of individuals and groups in society. A key focus is on knowledge and analysis of development in policy, provision of welfare and inequality in a national and international context. The lectures focus on different theoretical perspectives of welfare regimes and explore forms of inequalities. The discussions deal with concepts such as citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, diversity, social class, poverty, discrimination and social investment including their inherent relationships.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - The student has advanced knowledge about:

  • The historical and current development of the welfare state nationally and internationally
  • Challenges associated with different welfare regimes
  • Diversity, equality and inequality in the contemporary and future welfare context

Skills - The student should demonstrate the ability to:

  • Account in-depth for different sociopolitical ideas and discourses
  • Discuss in-depth concepts such as citizenship, inclusion and exclusion and inequality and their intersections
  • Critically compare and analyze political objectives, strategies and their implications

General competence - The student can:

  • Critically and advanced reflect on how institutional ideas and structures frame and shape the lives and living conditions of individuals and groups in society

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars and written assignment.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper, 4000 - 5000 words.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree

Course materials

The reading list is 600-800 pages. The syllabus list is published on Blackboard at the start of the course.

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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