Degree Program: Social Administration (4th semester – elective)
Teaching hours: 3 per week-5 ECTS
Course Tutor: Christoforos Skamnakis, Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae: http://www.socadm.duth.gr/staff/faculty/Skamnakis.shtml
Subject and course description
The courseprovides an outline of the goals, means and mechanisms of the European Union with respect to social protection in the European space as a whole. Special emphasis will be given to the current state of social protection, through reference to current demographic questions, to changes in the structure and model of the family and new realities in the workplace: These are elements that give rise to new realities with respect to the wellbeing of society and individuals, while also pushing for changes, in particular with respect to social policy. These changes come as a result of domestic developments in European member states, but also because of broader changes, which are consequences of the process of globalization. These developments signify more needs for individuals and societies, but also for systems of social protection. The deregulation, privatization and marketization of social policy contribute to the creation of a web of consequences in the field of social safety. Meanwhile, the trajectory of European integration provides us with a framework, within which we may reflect on the possibilities of a joint approach to social problems at the EU level. The study of the modern EU policy environment at the level of social protection and the assessment of its role in social policy, complete the subject of the lesson.
Ι. European social space Key events and the framework of the creation and development of the “European Social Model”
ΙΙ. The wider environment Institutions and bodies outside of the European Union that have an impact on the design of its policy
ΙΙΙ. The modern reality of the European area The description and analysis of social and demographic elements in the European area in combination with social protectionpolicies
IV. The framework of social policy in the EU The basic definitions and axes of European Union intervention in the field of social protection
- National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013 An examination of the impact of social goals and resources in the field of social protection, and an emphasis on the strategic targets for Europe in 2020.
Upon completing this course students will be able to:
- describe the axes of social policy in the EU as well as the corresponding financial tools available
- be in a position to describe basic concepts such as: supranational social policy, the European Social Model, Europeanization, systems of social protection
- possess the analytical tools required for critically engaging with the key concepts listed above
Assessment: Essay examination at the end of the semester (100%)
Brief essays to be submitted between lessons. Successful completion of essays corresponds to 20% of the final grade.
Standard in greek
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