Society and Economy

  • theoretical models of the welfare state structures and modes
  • theoretical Foundations of the solidarity economy
  • sectorial analysis of the special market or service of general interest (e.g. housing market, energy supply, water supply)
  • theoretical foundations of sustainability structures

Art der Vermittlung


Art der Veranstaltung


Empfohlene Fachliteratur

F. Martinelli, A. Anttonen and M. Mätzke (eds) (2017) Social Services Disrupted. Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity, Edward Elgar.
Ian Greener (2022) Welfare States in the 21st Century
The New Five Giants Confronting Societal Progress, Edward Elgar.
Malpass, Peter (2005): Housing & the Welfare State, The Development of Housing Policy in Britain, Palgrave MacMillan
Wollmann H. (2010): The Provision of Public Services in Europe
Between State, Local Government and Market, Edward Elgar

Lern- und Lehrmethode

Lecture, group discussions, group tasks (written assignments as homework, exercises during classroom teaching), guest lectures to give insights in the services of general interest


70% final exam, 30% continuous assessment (written case study assignment as group work and presentation)

Voraussetzungen laut Lehrplan




European Economy and Business Management (English)

Akademischer Grad


ECTS Credits






Studienjahr, in dem die Lerneinheit angeboten wird


Semester in dem die Lehrveranstaltung angeboten wird

5 WS



Lernergebnisse der Lehrveranstaltung

After successfully completing the course, students can

  • draw links between economic and socio-political issues based on the current topics (public services) discussed during the semester. (e.g. the social housing market, selected services of general interest as e.g. energy supply, water supply) and
  • relate these links to macroeconomic goals (e.g. economic growth, distribution, save environment, low inflation and high employment)
  • distinguish modes of welfare systems and the implications for the form and financial structure of the delivery of services of general interest (Public services) and special markets as the housing market
  • compare impact for households as economic actors depending on the welfare mode chose of the delivery of services of general interest and special markets
  • apply theoretical distinctions in welfare modes to country case studies

Kennzahl der Lehrveranstaltung