Topics in Comparative Politics
Introduction to the Politics and Society of Northern Europe
This course is intended as an overview of basic political institutions and social aspects of the Nordic region: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and other Nordic territories. It will explain why the Nordic model seems to be so succesful and stable in a period of sweeping worldwide changes, while also presenting some of the social and political challenges these countries currently face. After a brief historical introduction, we will look at the political system, parties and territorial organization in Northen Europe, and the welfare state, the main social groups and the key role equality plays in the Nordic societies. The last part of the course will present the main accomplishments and challenges in the economic, migration and enviromental fields, as well as looking at the international relations of the Nordic countries.
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