European Societies

Course Code :1300PSWESO
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Ive Marx
Bea Cantillon

3. Course contents *

European Societies builds on the bachelor course ‘Samenleving, feiten en problemen’ (‘Society, facts and problems’). The course will include a concise introduction to the different socio-economic forms of organization in the EU, and, to tendencies in terms of of economics, employment, social inequality, poverty and social politics. Besides, this course intends to initiate into the functioning of the European institutions, the European policy and the challenges for the future.

Course structure:

  1. The socio-economic map of Europe
  2. The ‘European Union of Welfare States’
  3. Poverty and inequality in the EU, the EU2020 strategy and the European Semester
  4. The ‘acquis communautaire’ of the EU (The Treaty, Article 9): the role of the European Court of Justice and the European Parliament
  5. Internal migration
  6. The functioning of the European institutions (3 courses)
  7. The social policy instruments
  8. The challenges for the future
  9. ‘Glocalization’: the layered welfare state