WKEMP100-19B (HAM)

Work, Employment and Society

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Labour Studies


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Paper Description

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This level one paper is focused on discussing continuity and change in relation to the nature of work. The paper offers an interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond. The paper begins by outlining the history of work, labour and employment. This first half of the paper examines the core concepts which aid understanding the relationship between work and society. The second half of the paper emphasises employment in advanced capitalist societies. This part of the paper examines 20th century labour history before examining employment in contemporary society against the backdrop of globalisation.
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Paper Structure

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This paper includes 150 study hours which includes 46 contact hours comprising of 24 hours of lectures and 11 workshops which are 2 hours each. As such we expect you to dedicate approx 100 non-contact hours to completing readings and assessment items for the paper.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

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    • Describe the differences between work, labour and employment
    • List and explain some of the key concepts and issues relating to the sociology of work (including the division of labour; alienation; exploitation; work; labour, employment and unemployment; technology; labour movement; labour markets; globalization; lean
    • List some of the ways in which work has altered in the last 40,000 years
    • Identify and explain at least one of the following key historical time periods in relation to work (Hunter/Gatherer; Horticultural; Greek/Roman Slavery; Feudalism; Mercantile Capitalism; TransAtlantic Slavery)
    • Describe some of the different economic and political thinking behind different models of capitalism, specifically laissez-faire (1800-1920s), social democratic (1930-1970s), and neo-liberal (1980s- ?)
    • Describe parts of the relationships between power, inequality and resistance in relation to capitalism
    • Identify differences between the nature of capitalism in developed and developing economies
    • Define to at least one of the following four lenses (Social Theory; The Labour Process; Feminism; Subjectivity and Identity) and make connections between them and different aspects of work and popular culture
    • Reflect on teaching and learning strategies in the University context
    • Use key concepts from the sociology of work to combine insights from the time periods and lenses in order to evaluate the paper’s content
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment consists of a Poster assignment, Essay, Tutorial workbook, and an end of semester exam. The exam component is compulsory and failure to attend the exam will result in an IC grade.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 33% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 67:33 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 33% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 Poster
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment 2 Essay
8 Jul 2019
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Tutorial
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
4. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The required reading for each week is provided in a book of readings. Other required readings will be put on Moodle either in the topics that they relate to or in folders if related to assessment.

Highly Recommended Reading: Hodson, R. and Sullivan, T. (2012). The social organisation of work. (5th ed). Belmont CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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Recommended Readings

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  • Edgell, S. (2011). The sociology of work: Continuity and change in paid and unpaid work (2nd ed). London, Great Britain: Sage Publications. (Please note that the 2006 edition is also appropriate). This text is on course reserve in the library.
  • Grint, K. (2005). The sociology of work: An introduction (3rd ed). Cambridge, Great Britain: Polity Press. This text is on course reserve in the library.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported on Moodle which will host some resources, lecture notes, readings and will indicate the key activities for each weeks teaching
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This paper is worth 15 points. Students are expected to devote a minimum of 150 ‘learning hours’ to the paper. A full semester workload is 60 points. Therefore, students taking this paper must expect to undertake a workload equivalent of around 35% of a fulltime load for one semester; that is, around 10 hours a week for the whole semester (i.e. through to the end of study week). This would normally consist of three hours of contact time per week and seven hours of self-directed study (reading) and assignment preparation. Assessment will be based on the assumption that students have devoted a minimum of 150 hours to the paper.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper links well to SOCPY100 Introduction to social policy and SOCIO100 Introduction to sociology. The material in this paper also bridges students into level 2 papers: SOCIO202 Class, race and gender, LABST200 Employment Relations in New Zealand and SOCPY200 Social Policy and Social Issues.
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Restricted papers: LBST101, LABST100

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