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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Work, employment and society
    • Capitalism and rationalisation
    • Work organisation
    • The workplace
    • Career development
    • Work-life balance
    • Work identity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online Materials
      • Quizzes

At the completion of this subject 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 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online Discussion (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-SGY883
  • MAQ-SGY383

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject will search for answers by applying sociological key-concepts to contemporary Work and Employment issues. The subject 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.

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