Training school „The origins, development and changing demands of education and welfare in the 21st century“


Training school „The origins, development and changing demands of education and welfare in the 21st century“

Training school „The origins, development and changing demands of education and welfare in the 21st century“


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This training school by prof. Jane Gingrich (Oxford University) is aiming to, first, to facilitate capacity building in theoretical and methodological understanding of demands of education and welfare policies, and second, to offer special sessions on youth oriented social investment. The latter focus is contributing to one of the YOUNG-IN objectives - advance the knowledge on "youth transitions regimes"; and elaborate appropriate comparative research designs. The training school can be of interest for PhD students, post-Docs and researcher from sociology, political science, economics and educational studies. The training will combine lectures, seminars and individual consultations. PhD students who seek a participation certificate need to actively participate in seminar discussions and do individual reading.

Course is held at Tallinn University on 02.04, 04.04 and 05.04 in room M-648 and 03.04 in room M-213.

Time schedule for the day 1, day 2 and day 3: at 9.30-10.00 registration and morning coffee, 10.00.-11.30 session, 11.30-12.30 lunch (self-organised), 12.30-14.00 session, 14.00-14.30 coffee break, 14.30-16.00 session. In the last, day 4 the schedule will be same in the beginning, except the last session which will come to the end at 14.00. 

The Networking meeting on further R&D cooperation will be held on April 4th at 6pm in restaurant Lendav Taldrik, registration: +372 6199 944.

Jane Gingrich is Associate professor of Comparative Political Economy, Magdalen College of University of Oxford. Her main research interests involve comparative political economy and comparative social policy. In particular, she is interested in contemporary restructuring of the welfare state, and the politics of institutional change more broadly. She holds an ERC Grant SCHOOLPOL 2018-2023 that focuses on the consequences of earlier political choices over education on long-term social and economic outcomes, examining the link between varying cohort educational experiences and social mobility and political participation using new and existing surveys.

Look here: COST Action offers 12 trainee grants to participate in training school

Course outline (preliminary)
Session 1:  The origins of the welfare state: varying politics, varying states?
 1.    What do welfare states do?  How do they vary? NB! The first part of the session 1 02.04.2019 at 10.00-11.30 will be open for the wider academic public and will be held in the public lecture format with the presentation and short discussion section in the end. 
2.    Electoral demand for welfare – where does it come from?
3.    Parties, Unions, Employers and Financiers  - welfare interest group politic
5.    The politics of the welfare state – what can the origins of the welfare state teach us about education politics?
Session 2: The development of mass education systems (1880-1980)
1.    What explains the rise of the state’s role in education?
2.    Conceptualizing education – values, skills, redistribution
3.    Politics of education – voters and interest groups
4.    The welfare education connection.
Session 3: Post-industrial welfare state and education
1.    Rise of the knowledge economy
2.    Pressure on welfare state
3.    New voting coalitions
4.    New interest group politics
5.    Changing welfare-education link
Session 4: Changing demand for education
1.    Politics of education and voting in 21stcentury
2.    Interest group politics in mature education systems
3.    Growth models
Sessions 5: Social investment and youth inclusion
1.    Youth politics
2.    Rise of social investment models
3.    Politics of social investment
Session 6. Education and policy feedbacks
1.    Does education matter - intergenerational mobility
2.    Does education matter – voting behavior and representation
3.    Education as a new social cleavage – what defines it?

Session 7. Youth regimes and youth oriented policies. Key areas of concern (in YOUNG-iN): 
1.    Finding a decent job
2.    Starting a family when they want
3.    Making their voice heard in the policy process

Detailed program and reading list for the training days 1, 2, 3 (by professor Jane Gingrich)

Detailed program and reading list for the training day 4 (by professor Anu Toots, associate professor Triin Lauri)

For further details  please contact:
•    Triin Lauri, (content and requirements of training)
•    Tõnu  (grant application)
•    Koidu Saia, (organisational questions)

Event is organized by COST Action CA17114 „Transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth“ (YOUNG-IN) in co-operation with TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies and Doctoral School of Behavioural, Social and Health Sciences.

Activity is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the institutional package measure for R&D institutions and higher education institutions (ASTRA project TLU TEE of Tallinn University).