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Faculty of Sociology
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Mestrado Universitario en Políticas Sociais e Intervención Sociocomunitaria
  Comparative social policies
Topic Sub-topic
1. History and birth of the Welfare State 1.1. The change in the role of the State: Liberal & Providence & Welfare (basic differences)
1.2. The birth of social insurances
1.3. Characteristics of the first models of social insurance
1.4. Coverage of social insurances by countries prior to World War II
1.5. Limitations of state protection: "welfare mixed economy". State, private sector, families and civil society
1.6. The Beveridge Report: essential elements that prompted the birth of the Welfare State
2. Definition of basic concepts in social policies 2.1. Definition of Social Policy
2.2. Concept of the Welfare State
2.3. Definition of forecasting and production
3. From the Welfare State to the Neoliberal State: the great transformation 3.1. The 1973 crisis, social and political consequences
3.2. The height of neoliberal ideology: defining characteristics
4. Education policies in the European Union 4.1. Economic, social and cultural capitals
4.2. Comparative analysis in education: the situation of the OECD countries
4.3. Problems of educational systems: school abandonment, social inequality and social reproduction
5. Health policies in the European Union 5.1. Definition of health
5.2. Health and social conditions
5.3. Health problems in Spain
5.4. How does inequality affect health?
6. Social Security policies in the European Union 6.1. The creation of the Social Security National System in Spain
6.2. Definition of Social Security
6.3. The last reform of the pension system in Spain
6.4. Unemployment in Spain
7. Challenges of the Welfare State in Europe 7.1. The increase of inequalities and its impact on social welfare
7.2. Neoliberal hegemony in the public sphere: social impacts
7.3. After austerity: Transformation of the Welfare State in Europe
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