Social Policy and Human 
Rights

Credits: 3 ECTS

Aim: The studies help a student to:

  • learn about social policy and its challenges in global context
  • learn about Russian and Finnish social policy and so called Nordic model
  • study on the cultural (includes mental) and social factors, which have effected on development of social policy
  • learn about the social policy as a frame of social work
  • acquire knowledge about important international agreements of human rights like declarations of human rights, women‘s rights and children‘s rights
  • know about international organisation ILO concerning labour and its activities. Theylearn on workers’ and employers’ rights.
  • learn about social rights in European Union that concern its member countries
  • learn about global situation of welfare (United Nations’ reports in the Internet)

Contents
During the intensive course a student studies about social policy and its challenges in global context, as well as about Russian and Finnish social policy and so called Nordic model. S/he learns on the cultural (includes mental) and social factors, which have effected on development of social policy. Furthermore, s/he learns about the social policy as a frame of social work. A student familiarises with important international agreements of human rights like declarations of human rights, women‘s rights and children‘s rights. Besides s/he learns on workers’ and employers’ rights by studying about the international organisation of labour ILO and its activities concerning labour. The social rights in European Union that concern its member countries are to be studied, as well as the global situation of welfare according the United Nations’ reports in the Internet.

Level: Advanced

Type: Intensive Winter school in Russia

Method
intensive course, workshops (group discussions and reports), Russian and Finnish lectures on social policy in Russia, about 20 hours (1 ECTS cr.) and Finland (1 ECTS cr.). Lectures will be about social policy that has been carried out in Russia, in Finland and in the Nordic Countries. Development of social policy includes cultural and mental factors, which have effected on the development of social policy as background of its planning and realisation.

Students write a learning journal about welfare state in global context. For that they familiarise themselves independently with international reports on laws and situations according given instructions. (1 ECTS cr.)

Assessment: Active participation, report and learning journal

Literature: To be given by lecturers

Period: 3rd period
Recommended to:  1st year

Lecturer
professor Alexey Feldt, Pomor State University; and Tarja Orjasniemi, Professor of Comparative Social Work, University of Lapland

Language: English

Obligatoriness: Obligatory

Grading: 1-5/F