This advanced seminar is on global social policy and governance in its dimensions of redistribution, regulation and rights. It employs an inter-disciplinary perspective (including political science, sociology, philosophy, international law) on global phenomena and processes in the broad field of social policies.
After an introduction into the definitions of, approaches to and forms of global social policies, we look more closely into
1) forms and examples of global social redistribution; amongst other things linking it to theories of global social justice
2) forms and examples of global social regulation; amongst other things in the context of global labor markets and global care chains
3) forms and examples of global social rights; amongst other things making distinctions between the ‘rights of’ and the ‘rights to’, and understanding what is meant by ‘rights-based’ approaches to social protection
Following that, we will discuss how redistribution, regulation and rights are connected to each other, and look at global initiatives (such as the Sustainable Development Goals) aiming at realizing some of the related aims. We may also consider how the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic, health and social crises may have an impact on realizing or hindering further progress on global social policies.
I hope for a diverse group of students with different disciplinary and national backgrounds and international experience.
The seminar will be comprised of a mix between flexible learning units and zoom sessions. (No sessions in person!)