Sociology: Social Policy and Welfare Management
Course · 15 credits
Sociology: Social Policy and Welfare Management
Course name: SOCN17, Sociology: Social Policy and Welfare Management (Swedish name: Sociologi: Socialpolitisk styrning och management) Advanced level Master Course (Second Cycle). 15 credits. Autumn semester. Language of instruction: English.
To be eligible for a master course you must have passed the bachelor/undergraduate level.
PLEASE NOTE: This course will be given for the last time Autumn 2022
The course examines many different aspects of social policy, e g education and staff development, employment, risk management, allowance systems, family support and health care, based on the following questions:
What is the responsibility of the state (nation states and other forms of government) for funding and providing social welfare? The question is addressed from both a historical and international comparative perspective.
Who is the beneficiary of government-funded social welfare and which criteria and conditions are used to determine who is eligible?
How can needs be measured efficiently? How can welfare management be executed effectively and efficiently?
Which new elements in social policy and which recent reforms have had an important (both negative and positive) impact on the implementation and outcomes of welfare programmes?
What can evaluations of social policy programmes say about the costs and benefits of the implementation of different types of policies and strategies?
How have the roles of government, NGOs and profit-making organisations changed with regard to the provision of welfare services?
How has public opinion changed, in particular with regard to recent changes in the public sector (e g requirements of measurability, procurement of private companies etc)?
How to apply for this course
Application for this course is open from mid March to mid April each year (Swedish national application dates).
Please apply via the Lund University Swedish website lu.se/lubas/i-uoh-lu-SOCN17. If you already are on this page please look for the brown button "anmälan".
Please ask our Study Adviser for assistance: studievagledare [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
Course literature, syllabus and more
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Requirements and selection
At least 150 credits including a Bachelor's thesis in one discipline in Social Sciences, or another corresponding subject. English 6/English Course B.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
Start Autumn Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
29 August 2022 - 30 October 2022
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 27 500
First payment: SEK 27 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance