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

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