2465.19 - History and Welfare in Small States and Islands

Course number
History and Welfare in Small States and Islands
Bachelor in History, Social Analysis and Planning, Politics and Administration or equivalent qualifications.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with advanced conceptual and theoretical competences within the study of History and welfare in small states and islands.
Based in the field of small states and islands the course addresses:  Key concepts and theories in the study of small states and islands.  Selected concepts within the field of welfare theory and historical method.  Selected empirical fields of welfare in comparative and international history.  Selected empirical fields of public organizations and administration.  The dialectics between the history of ideas and material history. An understanding of historical events as constructed and deconstructed.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course is based on a combination of lectures, student presentation, seminars and group work.
Learning outcomes
The student should be able to:  Formulate and communicate an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of history.  Analyze and discuss the role of welfare in the historical analysis of modern/late modern societies.  Make reflexive choices between different theories and theoretical approaches and their practical purpose in understanding the role of institutions and organizations in the development of welfare societies.  Identify and define concrete problems and methods in studies of welfare history. Discuss the above-mentioned problematics in relation to small states and islands.
Assessment method
In-class presentation and submission of paper (max 10 pages, i.e. 4.500 words): 50% of final grade. Time bound written individual assignment (max 10 pages, i.e. 4.500 words): 50% of final grade.
Marking scale
Bibliography will be available on Moodle
Erling Isholm