Universität Wien FIND

210120 SE M7b Spezialisierungsseminar: Topics in Health Policy & Governance (engl.) (2013W)


8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Wichtige Information (for English version, see below):
Die selbstständige Anmeldung innerhalb der Anmeldephase zu Semesterbeginn ist für die Teilnahme an dieser Lehrveranstaltung verpflichtend!
Eine nachträgliche Anmeldung ist NICHT möglich.
Anwesenheitspflicht in der ersten LV-Einheit: Studierenden, die der ersten Einheit unentschuldigt fern bleiben, verlieren ihren Platz in der Lehrveranstaltung, und Studierende von der Warteliste können nachrücken.

Important notice: Registration for this course is mandatory as indicated in the course catalogue. If you have signed up for the course but fail to be present in the first session, you will automatically be removed from the list of participants.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 17.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 24.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 31.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 07.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 14.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 21.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 28.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 05.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 12.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 09.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 16.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 23.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 30.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Health care is considered an elementary social good in democratic welfare states, yet the ways in which health care is organized, funded, and provided differs across countries. In addition, demographic and technological developments as well as changing social demands have put health care systems under increasing pressures.
Given these distinct features of contemporary health policy, health care reforms are usually not produced by a unitary actor with adequate control over all required action resources. Rather, reforms are likely to be the result of the contextual interactions among many public and private actors, organized on different levels of the health policy system, each with their own understanding of the nature of the problem and the feasibility of particular solutions, each with their own normative preferences, and their own capabilities or action resources that may be employed to affect the outcome of actual health care reform policies.
In line with these general features of health policy and recent developments therein, this course approaches health care policies and politics as expressions of governance. Specifically, we will focus on the various concepts, theoretical models and methodological consequences of the disciplines of the political sciences and policy sciences and their relevance for analyzing and understanding health policy systems and health policy reform, as follows:

1. The context of health politics and policies in industrialized welfare states;
2. The actors involved in health policy processes; state & societal actors
3. The methodological and analytical aspects of comparative policy analysis, including more recent interpretive approaches;
4. The importance of institutional structures and policy regimes
5. The process of health policymaking and its outcomes.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Participation (defined as participation in discussion, weekly assignment, and poster presentation): 50%
Final course paper: 50 %
Deadline course paper: 30 January 2014

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The aim of this course is to provide students with a profound knowledge and understanding of the political, substantive and structural aspects of health care policies and policy reforms in modern welfare states. By the end of the course, students should be equipped with the conceptual and analytical tools required to address health policy in a comparative analytical perspective.
Analytical and practical skills
More specifically, the course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of various theoretical models, conceptual frameworks and their methodological consequences for the description and analysis of health care policies in the context of the welfare state. In addition, students will improve their analytical and writing skills in the course paper. Towards the end of the course, students will be able to train their skills in effective argumentation, including attention for the structure of argument, clarity of speech, contact with the audience and conciseness.


The course will feature a combination of brief introductory lectures and discussions. The instructor will introduce topics and guide discussions. Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion. Literature from political science, medical sociology, and ethics will be incorporated into discussions and the assignment. No special familiarity with the field of health care required, but a keen interest is assumed.
The brief introductory lectures address topics and objectives outlined below, often drawing on literature beyond the mandatory reading list. The lectures will take on a more or less interactive format and are intended to familiarize students with both established and more recently developed approaches to health policy analysis. Students are encouraged to bring in examples and questions of their own to shape the discussion. In addition, students are encouraged to follow current affairs concerning health politics and policy.
Weekly assignment: In order to facilitate a more participatory mode of instruction, students are required to submit two questions prior to each session. Each week, a selection of questions will form starting points for the discussions in the seminar based on the compulsory literature. Please send them to the instructor latest by Wednesday evening at 18.00. You may fail to do so twice. In case you fail to submit questions more than twice, you will be given the opportunity to compensate with writing an essay of 800 words (+/- 10%) on a topic that the instructor will assign to you.


A reading list will be posted on Moodle. Readings will include (a) scientific articles and (b) book chapters.
For environmental and economical reasons, access to readings is organized as follows: The list will include DOI (stable links) to literature available online. Book chapters will be distributed separately during the first meeting.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:38