Sweden is often hailed as a long-standing example of the quintessential "welfare state"; however, in recent years the Social Democratic Party has lost seats in parliament in favor of parties that support a stronger market-based economy. This positions Swedish policy and society in a transformative space between these two traditional varieties of political economy and social policy, and affords an opportunity for students of public policy to examine the benefits and detriments of both. As Sweden privatizes more previously state-owned and controlled industries, the impact on the citizenry can be clearly assessed. In this course you will examine several public policies such as secondary and higher education, criminal justice, transportation, postal services, immigration, religion, environment, and gender and family policy. We will also discuss various other public policies—healthcare, cellular and data networks, energy, taxation, and food and beverages—throughout the course.
- Compare and contrast competing theories regarding the relationship between market economy and the state, including welfare states in particular
- Define and explain the historical development of concepts related to the transformation of the welfare state
- Provide a nuanced overview of the political effects and consequences of the decline of social democracy and the welfare state
- Describe various specific public policies and their effect on society and the citizenry such as gender and family policy, transportation policy, postal policy, environmental policy, education policy, religious policy, and immigration policy
- Explicate the differences in policies and policy effects described above between welfare and market economies
- Develop an understanding for public policy effects on the general citizenry and related differences between market and welfare economies
- Understand how global issues, developments, and ideas affect their lives and those of others
- Course Term: Summer
- Travel Dates: May 12-23, 2019
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Title: POLS 491 Transformation of the Welfare State: Public Policy in Sweden
Cross-listings: CJUS 491
Download syllabus: POLS 491 | CJUS 491
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This program is open to students of all majors. Preference will be given to applicants from political science, criminal justice, and international studies.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Julia Hellwege, a native of Sweden, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of South Dakota. Her research focuses on institutional behavior and representation, in particular in relation to gender, race, and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from University of New Mexico and her bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa University.
Bridget Diamond-Welch is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at University of South Dakota. Her work focuses on victimization, particularly as related to sexual assault and human trafficking. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa.
For questions about the course content and program site, contact the faculty leaders, Julia Hellwege and Bridget Diamond-Welch.
For general inquiries and questions about the application process, course registration and billing, contact Søren Peterson in the Center for Academic & Global Engagement. To schedule an advising session with him, visit Coyote Connections (Get Assistance -> Study Abroad -> Faculty-Led Programs).
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.