Course module - Work, Economy & Society
Code : SOCY20032 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
This course examines the development of global capitalism from a sociological perspective. It aims to equip students with an understanding of important institutions and processes including: the role of the corporation in society; new forms of management and control in the workplace; the relationship between work and identity; the causes and impact of globalisation; and the nature of economic crises. Throughout, the course aims to develop students’ capacities for critical thinking and synthesis, particularly through the application of theoretical insights about the nature of capitalist institutions to understand micro-level features such as changes in relations within workplaces.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
On completion of the course students will be expected to:
• Understand economic transformation in a social and cultural context.
• Understand, and be able to critically assess, structures and processes affecting the experience of work.
• Understand the effects of globalisation on production and consumption.
These objectives will form the basis upon which students will be examined.
In addition to the above objectives, students will develop and utilise skills in presentation of ideas (in both verbal and written work) and in the use of a wide range of information resources.
Assessment is through 50% essay (2,000 words) and 50% a 2 hour exam.
Precise content of the course is updated every year, but an indication can come from the list of lecture topics from 2010/11:
1. Work, Economy, Society: Big Concepts and How to Use Them
2. Capitalist Institutions: Money, Markets, Firms and Work
3. The Social Relations of the Corporation
4. Economy and Culture
5. Globalisation and the New Capitalism
6. Discipline and Surveillance in the Workplace
7. Working on the Self 1: Emotional Labour
8. Working on the Self 2: Flexibility and Routinization
9. Capitalism and Crisis
10. The Future of Work: Some Radical Approaches
Course Materials and Handouts (current students only)
Gillan, Dr Kevin
Lectures - Monday 10:00 - 12:00
Tutorials at a range of times.
Weekly 2 hour lecture and weekly 1 hour tutorial.
Ingham, G. (2008) Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity.
Bauman, Z. (1998) Work, Consumerism and the New Poor, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Students new to sociology may wish to examine:
Jenkins, R. (2002) Foundations of Sociology, Basingstoke: Palgrave.