This course introduces the social protection and relates it to international conventions and their reflection in the national legislation. Concepts and means to protect the poor and vulnerable are developed. The course explains the origin and the history of social protection in Europe. It relates the social protection to poverty in Europe and the structure of societies. As the course originates in Germany the country with the oldest mandatory health insurance a special attention is paid to German health insurance, including also five other mandatory insurances existing in industrialised countries.
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