|Course code module||3BSOC-051|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
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A minimum knowledge of law is expected, as well as the rudiments of the challenges our society has to deal with, especially in the field of social policy. If you passed the different courses of the first Bachelor programme, aimed at acquiring these competences, you will have the basic competences needed to start with the course Social Security Law. A scholarly attitude and a healthy interest in the topical matters are also advisable.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
At the end of this course and after (interactively) incorporating the subject material offered, you will have acquired a rather sound knowledge of the rules of the Belgian Social Security Law. You also will have gained a clear insight into the so-called ratio legis, the underlying principles of the law, which will be critically scrutinized during the course. You are able to apply these legal rules to real cases – using or otherwise supporting source material being the Codex Sociale Zekerheid (Codex Social Security). Finally, you are capable of indicating the similarities and differences between the different social security sectors, taking into account the particularities of every occupational group.
3. Course content
In this course, we primarily focus on the social security’s range of application, funding, and administrative structures, all against the background of its genesis.
Two themes are at the heart of the course: a methodological study of the wage supplements – i.e. health service contributions and family income supplements -, and wage substitutes in case of illness or accident in general law versus industrial accidents and occupational diseases, in case of unemployment and in the form of a retirement or survivor’s pension. The safeguard arrangements are spoken about in the margin of the course.
This course does not only deal with social security arrangements for employees, it continuously looks at the analogous rules for the self-employed and for civil servants.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: Assignments - individualSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationClosed bookOpen questions
Written assignment: Without oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Hand-outs of the presentations are to be downloaded from Blackboard
The course book which is brought up to date every year (daily), is only available on Blackboard
Open education modules ‘Gezinsbijslagen in België & Gezondheidszorg in België’, also available on Blackboard
7. Recommended reading - study material
During the oral exam you are allowed to use SIMOENS, D., VAN EECKHOUTTE, W., VAN LIMBERGHEN, G. en VAN STEENBERGE, J., Codex Sociale Zekerheid 2011, Brugge, die keure, 2010, 1.436 p.
Other study material which is recommended, yet not indispensable, to comprehend our social security system even better:
PUT, J. et al., Praktijkboek Sociale Zekerheid 2010, uitgave 2010, Mechelen, Kluwer, 1.032 p.
VAN LANGENDONCK, J. & PUT, J., Handboek socialezekerheidsrecht, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2006, 920 p.
After class you can always receive help from the lecturer.
Between times, it is advisable to send an e-mail (