SPP455 Social, Political and Welfare Values

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. Steven Saxonberg, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Magda Frišaufová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Miroslava Janoušková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Šindelář (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Libor Musil, 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
Mon 15. 10. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 22. 10. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 29. 10. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 12. 11. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 26. 11. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 3. 12. 14:00–19:40 Aula, Mon 17. 12. 14:00–19:40 Aula
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 1 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/1, only registered: 0/1, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/1
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
By the end of the courses, students should be able to - To understand the basic manner in which survey data is used in the social sciences to analyze attitudes - To describe some of the most current trends in the analysis of attitudes and critically interpret results by individual authors’ studies - To evaluate information on various types of attitudes and on this basis propose a policy arrangements Generally, this course should encourage students to participate in the spring workshop on using databases (which will not require any background in statistics)
  • Lecture: Introduction Lecture
  • Lecture: Postmodern Values
  • Lecture: Understanding Statistics
  • Lecture: Gender Attitudes
  • Lecture: Review of Statistics
  • Seminar: Postmodern Values
  • Seminar: Gender Attitudes
  • Seminar: Changing Gender Attitudes
  • Lecture: Welfare Attitudes
  • Seminar: Welfare Attitudes and Changing Gender Attitudes
  • Lecture on Racism
  • Inglehart, Ronald (1997) Modernization and Postmodernization : Cultural, Economic, and Political Change in 43 Societies (Princeton: Princeton University Press)
  • Krzemiński, I., “Polish-Jewish Relations, Anti-Semitism and National Identity,” Polish Sociological Review, 2002, vol, 137, no. 1, pp. 25-51.
  • Oliver, J. Eric & Mendelberg, Tali (2000) “Reconsidering the Environmental Determinants of White Racial Attitudes” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 574-589.
  • Clark, John A. & Legge, Jr., Jerome S. “Economics, Racism, and Attitudes toward Immigration in the New Germany,” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4, (Dec., 1997), pp. 901-917.
  • Saxonberg, Steven & Sirovátka, Tomas (2006) “Failing Family Policy in Post-Communist Central Europe,” Comparative Policy Analysis, vol. 8, no. 2, 2006.
  • Hakim, Catherine (1996) “The Sexual Division of Labour and Women's Heterogeneity,” The British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 47, No. 1., pp. 178-188.
  • Saxonberg, Steven “Attitudes Toward Welfare Policy in Sweden Revisited” in Statsvetenskapliga tidskrift, vol 106, no. 1, 2003-4.
  • Edlund, Jonas (1999) “Trust in Government and Welfare Regimes: Attitudes to Redistribution and Financial Cheating in the USA and Norway,” European Journal of Political Research, vol. 35, pp. 341-370.
  • Wilcox, Clyde (1991) “The causes and consequences of feminist consciousness among western European women,” Comparative Political Studies, 23 (4), 519-3.
  • Svallfors, Stefan (1997) “Worlds of Welfare and Attitudes to Redistribution: A Comparison of Eight Western Nations” European Sociological Review, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 283-304.
  • Inglehart, Ronald & Norris, Pippa (2003) Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the World (Cambridge: Cambridge Univesrity Press)
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars (seminar discussion)
Assessment methods
Students will read one article or chapter from course literature for each seminar and will take part at seminar discussions. If a student misses a seminar, then he or she must write a two-page critical reflection, in which he or she discusses two articles or chapters from the course literature on the topic of that seminar. At the end of the course the students will write a short paper in groups of three where they reflect on the course literature and consider what the information on attitudes implies for policymaking. If they were leaders of a country what policies would they suggest given the attitudes that exist. Students should discuss at least one article or chapter from each theme. The paper should be 4-5 A-4 pages, which means about 2000-2500 words.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2013.
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