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Health and policy in the welfare state

This course introduces welfare research and adopts a historical and comparative perspective based on different countries and different welfare models.

It addresses how the welfare state’s institutional characteristics and programmes can affect stratification processes and health – for example by policies that may affect the social determinants of health such as impact on gender differences, redistribution of resources, and poverty risks.

The course further covers neoliberal influences on public health and welfare policies, and some of its consequences, since the 1990s such as: marketisation of health and welfare systems through privatisation and de-regulation, shifts towards conditioning and activation policies, governance, individualisation of health, and responsibilisation.

  • Course structure

    For detailed information, please see the course description: PH14A0 Course description 2021 (286 Kb)

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students though Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars. Participation in the seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    For more detailed information, please see the course description (above under Course details).

    Course managers

    Jessica Storbjörk   


    The course is examined through active participation in seminars, an individual written assignment, and an individually written take-home exam.

    The individual assignment is presented at an examination seminar. The examination seminar also includes commenting on another student’s assignment and actively participating in the discussions.

    In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The take-home exam will be graded on a goal-based seven-point grading scale (A-F).
    The written assignment (including participation, presentation and commenting at the examination seminar) as well as the participation in the seminars will be graded on a two-point grading scale (G=Pass, U=Fail).

    The principles for weighing each part of the examination are presented in the grading criteria.

    The examination will be in English.

    For more detailed information on examination and the grading system, please see the course description (above under Course details).

    If the student has a certificate from Stockholm University that recommends special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to offer the student alternative forms of examination.


    Jessica Storbjörk

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Due to the current situation with the corona virus, all teaching at the Department of Public Health Sciences will be held online for the first period of the Autumn term, until October 31st.

    The schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels