Not available in 2015/16
SO438      Half Unit
Sociology of Employment I: Social Relations at Work

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Patrick Mcgovern STC S119E


This course is available on the MSc in Economy, Risk and Society , MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management), MSc in Social Research Methods and MSc in Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


social science degree

Course content

The employment contract; theoretical perspectives on the employment relationship; control and consent at work; scientific management and McDonaldization; informality, work groups and emotional labour; labour market divisions; women in the labour market; occupational segregation; the 'gender gap' in pay; discrimination at work.


10 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 6 hours of seminars in the ST.

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); C Tilly & C Tilly, Work Under Capitalism; C Hakim, Key Issues in Women's Work (2nd edn). A more comprehensive bibliography will be available to students taking this course.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 2000 words) in the LT.

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

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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