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The Swedish Model: Challenges for social work with mental un-health, alcohol and drug-abuse

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 within social work concerning prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, the social complexity of the field and critical reflections regarding alcohol and drug problems and hence the challenges for social work.

A third part covers mental illness and mental disabilities in the historical and current welfare context and how this context influences the living conditions of the target group. The central concepts of the field; recovery, normality, illness, social integration and collaboration are permeating the discussions in the course.

  • Course structure

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


    Module 1: The Swedish model

    Module 2: Social work with substance abuse

    Module 3: Psychiatry as a field of social work

    Please see course syllabus for more detailed information about the course contents and expected learning outcomes for the different modules. 

    Teaching format

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


    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.
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