20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The module explores the different approaches to understanding work and labour in sociology. The course will cover the classical approaches of Marx, Weber and Durkheim to more contemporary theories (including debates around Taylorism, Fordism, flexibility, skills, control in the workplace, trade unionism and labour process theory). The influence of class, race, age and gender in the world of work will be dealt with along with emerging issues relating to globalisation and new technology.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK