Upon completing this course students will be able to:
- discuss the origin of work, the rise of trade unions, and the genesis of industrial relations
- understand the transformation of work from the industrial to the post-industrial society
- understand theories of work by theorists like Marx, Braverman, Sassen, Bell, Weber etc.
- understand concepts like alienation, deskilling, work pressure, work-life balance, emotial labor
- Discuss the future of work, globalization and robots
The course sociology of work is meant to give the student a profound insight in the world of work. Starting with different forms of work from the pre-industrial age till our post-industrial/modern world. Several theories on work will be discussed, the industrial relations between workers, employers, trade unions, and the state. Several types of work will be discussed – factory work, service work, knowledge work, managerial work – as well as aspects of work will be discussed: alienation, deskilling, work pressure, burnout, work-life balance. Attention will be given to gender, ethnicity, and class. A discussion on the future of work in a globalized and technological (internet, smartphones, robots) era will conclude the course.
Type of instructions
Lectures & work groups
Written exam (80%), assignment (20%)
Type of exams