17. Course unit: Social Protection and the Quality of Life in the V4 Countries

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 4th semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

After the introductory lectures, each student will choose his/her own topic. They will make Internet-based research and field work, then present their findings.


Knowledge: Quality of life, Vulnerability and Resiliency; Social Challenges and Social Policy in the Central European countries (demographic changes, sustainability of the public spending, inequality, regional inequality, employment crisis, human rights issues, migration).


Themes: Quality of life, Vulnerability and Resiliency; Social Challenges in the V4 Countries; Quality of life in the V4 countries; Social Policy in the V4 countries; Recapitulation: similarities, differences, good practices, criticisms, proposals.


Method: Working in group; Using Internet sources; Analyzing statistical documents, Field work.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Dorottya Szikra and Béla Tomka: Social Policy in East Central Europe: Major Trends in the 20th Century, In Alfio Cerami and Peter Vanhuysee, eds., PostCommunist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 17-34 http://venus.arts.u-szeged.hu/pub/torteneti/legujabbkori_egyetemes/tomka/Tomka_t041.pdf

Gubová, Olga. Some Aspects Of Political Regionalization Of Visegrad Countries, International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences & Arts SGEM, 2015, p339-344, 6p.

Nic, Milan – Swieboda, Pavel: Central Europe fit for the future: 10 years after EU accession. Online: http://www.cepolicy.org/sites/cepolicy.org/files/attachments/central_europe_fit_for_the_future_report.pdf

Nováková, Bibiána; Šoltés, Vincent. Quality of Life Research: Material Living Conditions In The Visegrad Group Countries, In: Economics & Sociology. 2016, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p282-294. 13p

Raj Kollmorgen: Transformation theory and socio-economic change in central and eastern europe. a Conceptual Framework, 2010 In: http://www.emecon.eu/fileadmin/articles/1_2010/emecon%201_2010%20Kollmorgen.pdf

United Nations Development Programme (Selim Jahan): Human Development Report 2016, selected chapters http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2016_human_development_report.pdf


– Recommended:

Anna Ludwinek et. al: Social Mobility in the EU, Eurofound 2017., http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef1264.htm

Study on Social Services of General Interest. Final Report. Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General of the European Commission, 2011. http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=794&langId=en


Student must prepare a term paper with the lengths of 1500-2000 words. The thesis must refer at least one of the topics has been discussed in the introduction part of the semester and based on the author’s own research activity. Students must present their paper until 7th December.

Course director: Dr. Vajda, Norbert Associate Professor

Participating teacher: Dr. Kozma, Judit Associate Professor, PhD