VPLn8817 Issues of Social Policy

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 12 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Sirovátka, CSc. (lecturer)
PhDr. Imrich Vašečka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Sirovátka, CSc.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work – Faculty of Social Studies
Sat 19. 10. 9:00–10:30 Aula, 10:45–12:15 Aula, 12:30–14:00 Aula, Sat 30. 11. 14:15–15:45 Aula, 16:00–17:30 Aula
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! VPL817 Issues of Social Policy && ! NOWANY ( VPL817 Issues of Social Policy )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of the course is to advance the knowledge about contemporary Czech and European social policy and to develop the abaility of the students of the creative application of their theoretical, methodological amd merit knowledge gained in the other courses within analysis, evaluation and preparation of the policies aimed to solve the current problems of social policy in the Czech Republic.
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes - at the end of the course the student is able - to identify key dilemmas solved in social policy today - to formulate criteria along which the approach to these dilemmas would be assessed - operacionalize siutable indicators to these criteria - to assess policies in different fields - to formulate and argue on own solutions of solving the dilemmas
  • Topics 1 Pension reform 2 Employment policy 3 Family policy 4 Social assistance, services and social inclusion Each topic is discussed in three seminars: 1 General aspects. Ethical choices. 2 Analysis and evaluation of the existing and suggested solutions. 3 Elaboration and argumentation on own proposals - solutions.
  • Saraceno, Ch. (ed) 2002. Social Assistance Dynamics in Europe. National and Local Poverty Regimes. Bristol: The Policy Press,
  • Gallie D., Paugam S. Welfare Regimes and the Experience of Unemployment in Europe. Oxford Univ. Press 2000,
  • Saxonberg, S., Sirovátka, T. 2006 Failing Family Policy in Post-Communist Central Europe. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 8 (2): 189-206.
  • Sirovátka, T. 2000. Česká sociální politika na prahu 21, století: efektivnost, selhávání, legitimita. Brno: MU
  • Castles, F.G. 2003.
  • Esping Andersen, G., Gallie, D., Hemerijck, A. a J. Myles 2002. Why We Need a New Welfare State? A New Welfare Architecture for Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Teaching methods
Literature and tasks imposed on the students. Prezentations of the tasks on the seminar, discussion. Feedback on seminar paper.
Assessment methods
class discussion, group projects and their presentations, homeworks, reading seminar paper exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2019, recent)
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