The Swedish Model: Challenges for social work with elderly and disabled, 15 credits

About the education

This course is intended as a general introduction to the emergence and development of the Swedish welfare state with a focus on the welfare states importance for social work. The course consists of three parts.

In a first part, the historical context and political circumstances that form the basis for the Swedish model is highlighted. This part covers key areas of political economy and welfare policy, concepts of e.g. social rights, welfare state organization/governance and distributional outcomes and changes in conditions in the Swedish model.

A second part will cover the socio-economic situation and living conditions of elderly in Sweden. This is related to social legislation and guidelines regulating care and the development of practices and models in social work with elderly in Sweden. This part further offers an overview of current Swedish research of relevance for social work with elderly people.

A third part highlights various forms of, conditions for and social work with disabled in Swedish society. This part focuses on forms and definitions of disability and the socio-economic situation and living conditions of disabled. Essential legal and social policy regulations will be discussed as well as the organization and content of support and social work models.

Subject: Social Work

Are you someone who is interested in social issues and people’s life situations? Then social work may be just what you’re looking for. Social work is a social science field dealing with the causes and consequences of social problems on individual, group and societal level. Central to the field are different perspectives on social issues and processes of change, including an international comparative one. Important points of departure for social work are theories of human behavior, social systems and human interaction with the environment. Social work studies will provide you with the tools to analyze different types of social interventions aimed at handling and alleviating social problems. Social work studies also give you the tools to design interventions for the prevention and remediation of social problems―interventions needed both in work with individuals, families, groups and the local community as well as in development, planning and research tasks in other parts of the society.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Social Work