Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Economics and the Welfare State

Course unit code: 362565

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Jorge Calero Martinez

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Acquire detailed knowledge of the public economy using instruments of analysis and the knowledge of theory gained in the subject Public Expenditure.


— Describe and discuss the origins, historical development and varieties of the welfare state.


— Identify the reasons for the crisis in the welfare state.


—áIdentify gender-related issues in the operation of the welfare state.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Analyse and organise the subject material.


— Think critically and build an argument based on reliable data.


— Interpret political and economic indicators, charts and statistics.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to the welfare state

1.1. Principles and functions

1.2. The real development of welfare states

1.3. Describing today’s welfare states using the analysis of social expenditure

2. The crisis in the welfare state

2.1. Part I. The economy, taxation and the welfare state

2.2. Part II. Other factors