Core Module Information
Module title: Sociology of Work and Organisation

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09118
Module leader: Gavin Maclean
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The study of work and organisation has been key to the development of sociological study and continues to occupy an important place in the discipline today. This module will examine the relationship between work, organisation and wider society both historically and in more contemporary settings. This module will explore the development of capitalist organisation; the rise of management; how work came to occupy a central place in people's lives; the experience of work for those employed; and the social stigma of those who are without work. Topics of study within this module include: industrialisation and the emergence of modern organisation; classic and contemporary approaches to managerial control; resistance and misbehaviour; the work ethic and managing unemployment; emotional and aesthetic labour; inequality and diversity in organisations; and the rise of digital platforms and digital labour.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand the social significance of work and employment in society.
LO2: Understand and identify forms of management and organisation in contemporary work
LO3: Critically reflect upon the broader social processes shaping organisation and employment.
LO4: Determine the causes of conflict and the sources of cooperation and consent within organisations.
LO5: Understand how social inequalities are perpetuated through work and employment, and organisational process that seek to address these inequalities
LO6: Develop critical reading, writing and presentation skills

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gavin Maclean
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A reflective and critical approach to the subject matter is maintained through fostering empirically grounded theoretical approaches which focus on your own experiences of work & organisation.
Each taught input uses a variety of resources to foster engagement including in class exercises, mini presentations and group discussions that will develop your academic reading, writing and presentation skills.
The teaching on the module will combine in person teaching and offline video content to develop an inclusive approach to learning.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module you are encouraged to discuss key themes and issues within the tutorial exercises to gauge your comprehension of the subject matter and to develop skills in group work and public speaking.
Each week in the tutorial will discuss organisations, working practices and sociological theories which directly link to the summative assessments.
Within the tutorials you will be given tutor support in order to develop case studies for your mid-semester assessment and given guidance before your end of semester essays with a dedicated revision class.
You will be given written and/or oral feedback on your case studies and essay plans which you can use in your preparations for the summative

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a 1500 word case study critique of an organisation based on topics covered in the first half of the module (LOs 1,2,3,4 and 6).
There is also an end of semester written essay of 2500 words on topics focusing on 'work' covered in the second half of the module (LOs 3-6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Online Lecture 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1,2,3,4 & 6 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Essay 70 3,4,5 & 6 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC 09118 Sociology of Work & Organisation