Course code Soci3022

Credit points 6

Social Policy and Legislation

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours98

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Signe Dobelniece

Dr. phil.

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Jolanta Millere

Dr. sc. soc.

Prior knowledge

Soci2010, Social Problems

Course abstract

The study course provides a comprehensive theoretical knowledge and understanding of social policy as well as the factors affecting it. Students are introduced with a normative regulation of social policy and with a basic principles of its institutional action. The study course includes an analysis of various social policy areas, for example social protection in case of unemployment, old age and disability. In frame of the study course students will be introduced with a various activities to decrease the social risk, for example, support for housing, health care and education.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge on social policy and its implementation mechanism, including both - national and local support provided to decrease of various social risks.
• Skills to select bibliography sources, and use them to study our country's social policy. Skills to analyse an activities of social policy in accordance with the needs of social groups. Skills to analyze a normative acts of social politicy.
• Competence to act independently in various spheres of social policy. Able to use the theoretical knowledge in practice: to solve cases of violations of social rights.

Compulsory reading

1. Cilvēkdrošība Latvijā: riski un ietekmējošie faktori. Rakstu krājums. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2011. 125 lpp.
2. Esping-Andersen G. (ed.). Why we need a new welfare state. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 244 p.
3. Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
4. Pestieau P. The welfare state in the European Union :economic and social perspectives. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 169 p.

Further reading

1. Dzīves jautājumi. Zinātniski metodisks rakstu krājums. Rīga: SDSPA “Attīstība”, 1995.-
2. Hartley D. Welfare Rights and Social Policy. Great Britain: Dorset Press, 2002. 255 p. (282. kabinets, pasn. J.Millere)
3. Sociālā atstumtība un sociālā iekļaušana :situācijas izvērtējums Latvijā : zinātnisko rakstu krājums. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 149 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Vēstnesis. ISSN 1407-0391 Jaunumi sociālās likumdošanas jomā.
2. Sociālās politikas vadlīnijas. [Tiešsaiste] [Skat. internetā 25.10.2011.] Pieejams :
3. Normatīvie akti pieejami. [Tiešsaiste] [Skat. internetā 12.11.2011.] Pieejams : www.