10558 Social Security 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Management or in Political Science or in Sociology & Anthropology or in Law

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Labor Laws in Israel, or two of the following: Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Trends in Israeli Society, Government and Politics in Israel, Public Policy. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Author: Ruth Ben-Israel

The course acquaints students with basic theories concerning the essence, nature and purpose of social security and the measures implemented within its framework as formulated in the 21st century. It examines the social danger situations for which the social security system is intended to provide protection and discusses the nature of the mutual relations between the social security system and the various models of the welfare state.

Topics: Social security – purpose, means, reformulation (emerging trends), human rights and basic rights; Maternity insurance and child insurance – family-related social risk situations (pregnancy, childbirth, expanding the family, parenthood); Unemployment insurance, income support and ensuring workers’ rights in case of an insolvent employer – social risk situations related to lack of means of living (unemployment insurance, income support and ensuring payment of wages and severance pay); Old-age pension, survivors’ allowance and long-term care allowance – social risk situations related to age, infirmity, widowhood and death (old-age pension, survivors’ benefits and long-term institutional care); Work injury, accident and disability insurance – social risk situations related to disability (job-related injury, physical handicap and accident disability).

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.