Political Economy and the Welfare State

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Economy and the Welfare State

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Political Science, Social Policy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module aims to provide a political economic perspective on the welfare state, tailored to social policy students. It will review and build upon students? understanding of key concepts such as efficiency and equity, GDP, taxation, social expenditure, social insurance, welfare, redistribution, inequality, poverty etc., and develop a critical approach to them, locating these concepts in their political context. It will critically explore various options for government intervention in the economy as they apply to the key areas of social policy, such as social welfare, health, housing and education.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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