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Associated major: Sociology
What is work? How is it organised? What social relations (gender, class, race,age) underpin our opportunities for 'doing' work? And what does this mean for how we construct our 'work identity'? In considering these questions we will be critically examining various forms of work and the concepts and mechanisms relating to work from the perspective of the worker and their experience of work. While the world of work is constantly changing, the changes are often contradictory: work is more precarious, but we are required to invest more of 'our selves' into it; it is more flexible, but gaining work-life balance is even more difficult; there is 'equal pay' yet the gender gap still exists. Sociology helps to make sense of these contradictions by taking a critical perspective on social institutions and the agency of workers in shaping work, resistance and change.
This topic aims to:
Introduce sociological concepts and theories associated with work, work organisations, and work identities
Demostrate the gendered, global, and regulatory contexts within which work is constructed
Focus on changes in work as a means of exploring:
The relation of different forms of work to gender, class, race and age
Organisational cultures and power
Embodiment and emotions in the relationshop between work and identity
Encourage constructive and informed participation in seminars.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
Apply the key sociological concepts, structures and evidence to key issues in the construction of work and work identities
Critically assess and analyse the ways in which work is connected to - power, and how social relations (gender, class, race and age) shape which forms of work are valued and which are marginalised
Draw on evidence and evaluate competing explanations when communicating an argument (or position) on work-related issues
Work collaboratively through participating in an informed and constructive manner in discussions and activities
Key dates and timetable
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