Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

The student acquires knowledge about the welfare and social security system in Finland and can analyse and reflect upon the role and function of social politics as a part of elderly care. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to be acquinted with the basic principles of organising health care and social services in Finland and in Europe

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- identify and demonstrate special features of the Finnish society.
- describe and explain aspects of the Finnish political system (e.g. the Finnish constitution, Finnish democracy, public administration)
- recognize and understand the social legislation and legal basis for the care and services for elderly people in Finland.
- to present the main features of the Finnish social politics as a part of elderly care.
- describe and explain the welfare system and the sources of welfare in Finland
- present the welfare rights in Finland
- apply the social protection system on older people in Finland
- describe and explain the structure and organisation of health care and social services for elderly people in Finland.
- present different types of care and social services for elderly people in Finland
- recognize and understand the etical basis for the care and services for elderly people in Finland.
- understand and discuss the care and service needs of the elderly and how these needs can be assessed.
- make comparisons between the elderly care system in Finland and in other countries in Europe (in order to demonstrate specific features of the Finnish elderly care model).
- aware of structural changes and future challenges in Finnish elderly care.

Course contents

Finnish society and the Finnish political system

Finnish welfare system, social policy and social protection for older people in Finland

Health care and social service for older people in Finland

Previous course names

Social policy
Social service and health care

Recommended or required reading

Literature in social policy:
Esping-Andersen, Gösta (1990) The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Cambridge. Polity Press. Pages 1–137.

Healy, Karen (2005) Social Work Theories in Context – Creating Frameworks for Practice. Houndmills. Basingstoke, Hampshire and New York. Palgrave MacMillan. Pages 1–46.

Kettunen, Pauli (2001) The Nordic Welfare State in Finland. Scandinavian Journal of History, Sep2001, Vol 6, Issue 3, p225–247.

Ministary of Social Affairs and Health (2008) National frameworks for high-quality services for older people.

Ministary of Social Affairs and Health (2008) Statuory Social and Health Services in Finland.

Ministary of Social Affairs and Health (2006) Social Welfare in Finland

(For Ministary reports go to www.stm.fi External link)

Recommended reading
Greve Bent 2007 What Characterise the Nordic Welfare State Model. Journal of Social Science 3 (2): 43¬–51, 2007. Science Publications
Healy, Karen 2005 Social work theories in context: creating frameworks for practice. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan. (Selected parts)
Payne, Malcom 2005 Modern social work theory. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan. (Selected parts)Stakes 2007. Care and services for older people 2005. Sosiaaliturva 2007:62,
Suitable English publications from Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods


Assessment requirements

Assessment requirements in social policy:

The examination is based 50 percent on group work and 50 percent on literature exam.

Students are recommended to participate in all lectures. Attendance during all group work presentations at the end of the course is compulsory.

Each student is expected to participate with an equal amount of effort in the group work. The written presentation should therefore involve a methodological part that involves a short description regarding how tasks are divide within the group and describe where and how the group have collected the information that is presented. Each member of the group should also take responsibility in the vocal presentation. Group work is graded partly on collaborative skills and creativeness and partly based on the information that is presented. Students will get a joint grade on their group work. Literature exam is graded individually. Further information regarding the group work will be presented at the course introduction.

The grade in social policy is concluded based on the average on group work grade and literature exam grade.

Information regarding lterature in social policy will be given later.


  • Sigfrids Ingmar
  • Stenberg Taina
  • Törnqvist Maj-Len


Dahl Birgitta

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

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