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The way we work is changing. The forces of globalisation, technological advancement and population pressures are reshaping the nature and meaning of ‘work’. Graduates entering the new world of work face a revolution in working practices and organisational culture. There are greater opportunities for autonomy, flexibility and creativity, but there is also more uncertainty about job security and employment pathways. New work opportunities have emerged that did not exist just a few years ago, yet career choices that were previously considered ‘safe’ have also come under new threats from increasingly capable technologies.
Addressing opportunities and challenges, this subject intends to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet, and eventually lead, the ‘future of work’.
The subject is intended as a meaningful development journey that helps students to plan for and succeed in their careers. Through the use of reflection, peer interaction, case studies and workshops, students will learn how to apply the course content at the individual, organisational and global levels.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Engage in the critical skills and knowledge of understanding and influencing workplace culture and practice;
- Describe and explain current academic theories and research that relate to the changing nature of work
- Apply major theories and models to individual problems, as presented in case studies
- Critically analyse organisational problems and apply relevant models and theories to generate effective solutions; and
- Analyse and evaluate (and potentially start developing) the key competencies needed to lead the ‘Future of Work’.
We expect participants to experience the development of:
• High level of development: oral communication; written communication; self-awareness and reflection; and, interpretation, synthesis and analysis.
• Moderate level of development: teamwork; critical thinking; and, receptiveness to alternative ideas.
• Some level of development: problem solving; evaluation of data and other information; and, accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Last updated: 1 June 2020