2023-2024 / SOCI2257-1

Sociological analysis of social policies


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management)2 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)3 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Nicolas Jacquet, Didier Vrancken

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course highlights the centrality of Social and how were formed and transformed our Social states (of the welfare state to the Social State Assets).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- examine various approaches that help them understand and explain the complexity of social issues;
- develop and present a critical perspective on social policy literature;
- define various sociological concepts related to the theories of social issues and policies.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic skills in sociology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A number of lectures are given, followed by student presentations which are then analysed with the entire class.
Lectures build upon material the students read at home, and students prepare their oral presentations in small groups

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

In-person classes

Recommended or required readings

VRANCKEN D., 2014, Le crépuscule du social, revised edition, Presses Universitaires de Liège.

Reading portfolio posted on MyULg

In addition to reference books and the portfolio, students must acquire the various presentations made available on the MyULg portal.

Teachers will also provide articles during class.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Other : Oral presentation

Additional information:

1st exam session
Oral presentation and written exam
2nd exam session
Written exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


D. VRANCKEN - Faculté des sciences sociales / Bât. B31 Sociologie de l'organisation et de l'intervention Quartier Agora place des Orateurs 3 4000 Liège Tél.: 04/366 31 76 - Bureau 2.99  Email: Didier.Vrancken@uliege.be

N. JACQUET - Tel : 04/366.21.85   
Email: njacquet@uliege.be

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