Work and Employment - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Reflection exercise (20%) , Assignment 2 - Reflection exercise 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,250.00
International 2,500.00

This unit was previously known as SGY883 Work and Employment.

Work and Employment are basic social experiences. How can we understand them and why are they so important to us? This unit will search for answers by applying sociological key-concepts to contemporary Work and Employment issues. The unit consists of three parts. The first part examines the relevance of work for individuals and society. In the second part, we investigate the organisation of Work and Employment on a political, organisational and individual level. The final part deals with our experience of work. It contemplates the future of work in terms of work-life balance and the chances for individuals' self-realisation. On the basis of those three parts students will gain a clear understanding of Work and Employment in contemporary societies that will benefit their own careers as well as their understanding of society in general.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. develop historically and culturally contextualised frameworks for considering practices of work and employment
  2. be able to understand the trajectories of classical and contemporary sociological theories of work
  3. be able to reflect upon and evaluate major changes that are occurring in contemporary workplaces
  4. develop knowledge and analytic skills that will enable their participation in major debates about the future of work and employment.
  • Assignment 1 — Reflection exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Reflection exercise 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — major written assignment (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Online (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY883 — Work and Employment (Previously SGY383)
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Work, employment and society
2Capitalism and rationalisation
3Work organisation
4The workplace
5Career development
6Work-life balance
7Work identity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Online materials

  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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