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The Swedish Model: Challenges for social work with Child and Family Welfare

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.

A first part where 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, social rights, relationships and power relations in the labour market, gender aspects of welfare policy, welfare state organization and distributional outcomes and changes in conditions in the Swedish model.

The second part covers current perspectives in child welfare social work, how this field is organized, the nature of the interventions as well as consequences for children and families.

A third part covers domestic violence and children´s exposure. The course explores the political background, the development of the field of research and the current situation concerning social work with domestic violence with a focus of children´s exposure.

  • Course structure

    For a more detailed description of course contents and expected learning outcomes, please see the course syllabus. 


    MOD3   The Swedish model 3

    CHIL     Child welfare in Sweden in an international perspective

    VIBU     Domestic violence and children’s exposure

    Teaching format

    The course is given in English.

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars with active student participation.


    In a final degree this module may not overlap in terms of knowledge content with any other similar module.


    Please see course syllabus for more detailed information about the examination for the different modules. 


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  • 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.
  • Course literature

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

  • Contact

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