This interactive, online course is divided into three sections, with each segment bringing a unique perception of The Nordic Welfare Model. The first unit introduces the welfare model and reflects on current affairs, while the second part offers a critical analysis of the model from the perception of environmental issues. The third discusses social protection as a crucial element of the Nordic Welfare Model, relating to the example of Finland.
Reflecting on current geopolitical affairs, the global pandemic and climate change crises, one naturally thinks about the long-term sustainability of the Nordic Welfare Model. This kind of sustainability is placed in the context of international development, social structures and environmental issues. This course reflects on each Nordic country individually, and by such an analysis, students have the opportunity to understand the model as such, as well as its various aspects and how each country was able to reflect on the crisis. This section allows students to see damages done by the crisis situation but also possible solutions.
The second part of the lecture analyses the model from an environmental perspective, drawing from the knowledge of experts like Dr Jason Hickle, who offers a critical analysis of Scandinavian politics in terms of environmental practices. The reader is allowed to broaden their perception of attitudes to sustainability in the Nordics and take a more critical approach, asking, how can they and thus other countries do better?
The third section focused on social protection with a specific example from Finland. By understanding and analysing social politics, one can appreciate the Finnish historical narrative of social politics and its impact on Finland’s development. This case study serves as a functional model and a possible solution for various countries concepts.
The lecture offers a comprehensive analysis from different pespectives and a fantastic opportunity for students to critically reflect on the Nordic Welfare Model.