BSA norm and a pass for both first year Themacolleges
The recent discussions around 'Obamacare' show that access to universal healthcare is a highly contested ideological topic in the United States, but taken for granted by most Europeans. Contrary to stereotypes, Iceland only spends 15 percent of its national income on social programs, whereas France spends almost twice as much. Parents in Estonia enjoy up to 87 weeks of paid parental leave, in Switzerland it is only 14 weeks. These are just some examples for the vast differences in social safety nets across the globe.
In this course we will focus on the history of welfare states, social and health policies in Europe and the Americas from the late 19th century until today. Often considered as the most significant expression of modern state and society building, we will ask why social policies, as a means to address poverty and social inequality, have come to be almost ubiquitous, and how they took their various shapes.
We will take a closer look at case studies across different countries and time periods: the pioneering introduction of social insurance in late 19th century Germany, the role of social democracy in the establishment of the Swedish 'People's Home', Roosevelt’s New Deal and the opposition of the American Medical Association towards public health care during the Great Depression, and the foundations of the National Health Service in post-war Britain. In addition, we will discuss whether we can speak about a socialist model of welfare, the influence of religion, neoliberalism and European integration, as well as the role of charity organizations in Latin America and international bodies like the World Health Organization. How did welfare states react to and affect social inequality? What role did political culture and solidarity play? And what about exclusion – how did welfare states behave towards ethnic minorities, immigrants, long-term unemployed, persons with disabilities, women or children?
We will study book chapters and journal articles, but also primary sources such as speeches, posters, cartoons and policy proposals, that shed light on how welfare support and health policies were discussed, implemented and contested.
This BA-Werkcollege is connected to the Kerncollege ‘Global Connections’.
General learning objectives
1) carry out a common assignment
2) devise and conduct research of limited scope, including
a. searching, selecting and ordering relevant literature:
b. organising and using relatively large amounts of information:
c. an analysis of a scholarly debate:
d. placing the research within the context of a scholarly debate.
3) reflect on the primary sources on which the scholarly literature is based;
4) write a problem solving essay and give an oral presentation after the format defined in the Syllabus Themacolleges, including
a. using a realistic schedule of work;
b. formulating a research question and subquestions;
c. formulating a well-argued conclusion;
d. giving and receiving feedback;
e. responding to instructions of the lecturer.
5) participate in discussions during class.
Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialization
6) The student has knowledge of a specialisation, more specifically:
-in the specialisation General History : the place of European history from 1500 in a worldwide perspective; with a focus on the development and role of political institutions.
7) Knowledge and insight in the main concepts, the research methods and techniques of the specialisation, more specifically of
-in the specialisation General History: the study of primary sources and the context specificity of nationally defined histories;
Learning objectives, pertaining to this specific seminar
8) Acquires understanding of the main models of the welfare state and historiographical interpretation of their formation and development
9) Assesses the analytical tools to study and compare political, social and cultural impacts of welfare and health policies in different countries
10) Acquires a deeper knowledge of the interconnections between social and political history
The timetable is available on the BA History website
Mode of instruction
- Seminar (attendance required). This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If a student is not able to attend, he is required to notify the teacher beforehand. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If specific restrictions apply to a particular course, the teacher will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, he will be excluded from the seminar.
Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours
Seminar attendance: 28 hours
Study of compulsory weekly literature (5h/week): 70 hours
Seminar presentations (individual and group): 16 hours
Assignments: 20 hours
Research paper (including literature study): 146 hours
Written paper (ca. 6000 words, based on historiography, including footnotes and bibliography)
measured learning objectives: 2-4, 6-7
measured learning objectives: 3-4, 6-10
measured learning objectives: 5
Assignment 1 (discussion essay 1)
measured learning objectives: 1-3, 8-10
Assignment 2 (discussion essay 2)
measured learning objectives: 1-3, 8-10
Written paper: 60%
Oral presentation (individual and group): 2 x 10%
Assignment 1: 5%
Assignment 2: 5%
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficient.
Written papers should be handed in within the given deadline.
The written paper can be revised, when marked insufficient. Revision should be carried out within the given deadline.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for:
Course outline and general communication between lecturer and students
Submission of assignments and final paper
Literature will be announced in advance of the first meeting on Blackboard. Most readings will be provided via links to the University Library (articles and book chapters).
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
The course will be taught in English, providing the students with the possibility to enhance their language skills. Both literature and assignments (including the final paper) will be read/written in English.