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Course module: 441802-M-6
Social Changes and Sustainable Development
Course info
Course module441802-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Sociology; Sociology;
Is part of
M Organization Studies (GMSI: OGSC)
M Human Resource Studies (GMSI:PMGSC)
M Sociology (GMSI: PPSD)
Contact personprof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
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Coordinator course
prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. P.H.J. Achterberg
Other course modules lecturer
dr. F. Angeli
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.L. van Engen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. T. Gößling
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 20/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Socio-demographic, economic and technological developments worldwide are causing deep social changes and lead to new social and political challenges but also new opportunities for economic growth. However, economic growth will not lead to improved socio-demographic outcomes if not supported by appropriate development actions and by policies that enable the redistribution of richness across countries and socio-economic strata.
Fertility rates have substantially dropped worldwide, with the exception of Africa. This is associated in many countries with increased female participation in the labour markets, and for example with the rise of female entrepreneurship, particularly in emerging economies. On the other side, populations in Western countries are ageing fast. The individuals aged 60+ will increase by 50% within 2030 (World Health Organization, 2015), which requires the adaptation of healthcare and welfare systems to address chronic conditions, provide sustainable long-term care, promote personalized care to complex high-need patients, facilitate social inclusion and participation of the elderly (Curvers, Pavlova, Hajema, Groot, & Angeli, 2017). At the same time, phenomena such as urbanization and migration are changing the societal and labour landscape. Income, gender, health and education inequalities are rampant, across countries but nowadays especially within countries, across socio-economic strata. The challenge for societies is to redistribute economic growth with appropriate models of sustainable development, in order to reduce inequalities and improve socio-demographic indicators.
This course will cover 1) socio-demographic trends in advanced as well as developing economies 2) the complex interdependence between social, demographic and economic factors 3) the consequences and challenges of socio-demographic changes at organizational and intra-organizational level.
In particular, it will incorporate SOC, OS, and HRS perspectives by:
  • Presenting existing frameworks on development and economic growth, patterns of development and consequent health and socio-demographic outcomes – (SOC)
  • Considering organizational efforts targeted at (both) alleviating poverty and improving socio-demographic indicators (BoP) – (OS)
  • Addressing consequences and determinants at micro level, looking at how socio-demographic changes such as population ageing and rise in female labour participation affects the nature of work and workforce within and across countries and the role of decent work in achieving a fair globalization and poverty reduction – (HRS)

Timetable information
441802-M-6|Social Changes & Sustainable Development
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk 70% / Written 70%EXAM_01BLOK 1119-10-2018
Required materials
Recommended materials
Written 70%

Paper 30%

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