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Sociology of Work: The Future of Work (SOCI30015)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeSOCI30015
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will undertake a critical analysis of the changing structure and behaviour of work and occupations in modern society. It will engage with the theoretical debates and empirical research that focus on the organizational development and work and occupations in society more generally. The class will focus on how work and occupations are structured, evolve over time and replicate and reinforce existing inequalities. The course will provide a range of sociological perspectives on the subject. In addition, guest lectures by industry experts are arranged so that students get acquainted with recent developments, practical issues and challenges in work settings as a consequence of the changing nature of work. Students will be asked to draw upon theory and contemplate potential intervention strategies to mitigate some of these current problems. These strategies will be presented to the industry experts.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Evaluate sociological debates about the changing nature of work and skills.
  • Develop a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge with regard to the sociology of work, occupational polarization, and the changing nature of work and skills in historical, cultural and institutional context.
  • Understand the relationships between the changing nature of work and group and individual level inequalities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of selected substantive topics such as patterns of career trajectories, paid and unpaid work in families and households, and other issues in contemporary labour markets.

Generic skills

  • Oral communication; written communication;
  • Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
  • Statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking;

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Sociology at Level 1 & 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Assessment 1: Literature review (1,000 words) (30%), Due during Week 5
  • Assessment 2: In class assessment (500 words) (20%), Due during Week 8
  • Assessment 3: Final essay 2,500 words (50%), Due during examination period

    Hurdle requirements: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

    Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMax Holleran
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours: 1 X 1.5hr lecture and 1 X 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 24 July 2019