Work, Management and Globalization

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Patrick Mcgovern S285


This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, BSc in Management, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology, BSc in Sociology and Diploma in Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.

Course content

Coverage of contemporary sociological perspectives on the employment relationship, labour market divisions, change at work, globalization and labour.

The employment contract; theoretical perspectives on the employment relationship; control and consent at work; scientific management and McDonaldization; labour market divisions; women in the labour market; discrimination at work; the changing employment relationship; work-life conflict; self-managing teams; management gurus; globalization, transnational corporations and labour; immigrant workers.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

One essay and one class paper per term.

Indicative reading

There is no recommended textbook. Books of a general nature that cover substantial parts of the syllabus are: K Grint, The Sociology of Work (3rd edn); M Noon & P Blyton The Realities of Work (4th edn); C Tilly & C Tilly, Work under Capitalism; P Dicken Global Shift (4th edn). A more comprehensive bibliography will be available to students taking this course.


Exam (70%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 2500 words) in the ST.

Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S219A, no later than 16:30 on the second Tuesday of Summer Term. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2012/13: 50

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills