West European Studies | Constructing and Defending a Welfare State: Paradoxes of Diversity and Integration
W405 | 4556 | Nordahl

4:00-6:00p  M  LH 019
Meets with WEUR W605, HIST B300 and T500
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The goal of the course is to give perspectives on and an
understanding of how consensus can be reached in societies
characterized by varying degrees of homogeneity and diversity. A
secondary goal is to stimulate and encourage a more active and
participatory role by the students in the democratic processes of
their everyday lives.

The objectives of the course will be met through a series of lectures
where the construction of the Swedish welfare state will be
discussed. Throughout the course comparisons will be made to the
North American experience as well as to the other Nordic countries.
An important aspect of these comparisons will be to include the
knowledge and experience of the students themselves.
Each student will be required to write a 15-20 page paper, whose
format will be expected to follow publication standards. Students are
also required to prepare a 20 minute presentation of their papers.
Topics for the individual papers will be developed in consultation
with the professor.