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


2019/0, 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:
Each taught input uses a variety of resources to foster student engagement including in class exercises and group discussions. A reflective and critical approach to the subject matter is maintained through fostering empirically grounded theoretical approaches which can also draw on students own experience.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module students are encouraged to discuss key themes and issues within the tutorial exercises to gauge their comprehension of the subject matter and to facilitate them in the practice of public speaking.

Students are offered tutor support in the form of guidance before their essays and a dedicated exam revision class. They are also given written and oral feedback on their coursework essays which they can then reflect on and utilise in preparation for the final examination.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a written essay of 2500 words on topics covered in the first half of the module.
There is also a final centrally timetabled examination of 2 hour duration on topics covered in the second half of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3,4 & 6 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 3,4,5 & 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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

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