The course aims to provide students with understanding of different concepts and socio-economic and socio-political challenges in the field of comparative social policy, as well as of global social policy and governance, and historical foundations and characteristics of the welfare state regimes. It will provide students with knowledge on up-to-date social policy characteristics and reforms in comparative, international perspective with more detailed focus on the post-communist countries, particularly South East European countries.

Course content:
Comparative social policy – basic concepts
Methods in comparative social policy
Welfare state regimes – concept, development, 'typical representatives', limitations
Global social policy and governance
Actors in social policy
Social policy in post-communism from a comparative perspective
Social policy in Croatia and South East European countries