This unit aims to develop a sociological understanding of modern economic processes and organisations and their relation to work activities, attitudes and relationships utilising a historical and comparative framework with a focus on the development of work in modern Britain.
By the end of the unit the student should have gained knowledge and understanding of:
* The main sociological theories of modernisation and their relation to issues surrounding work
* The variable nature of work both with and between societies and over time
* The relationship between work and wider social relations and divisions, e.g. class, gender etc.
* The key issues involved in contemporary work relations
* The theoretical basis of learning processes and effective learning;
* The fundamental concepts of sociology and management relevant to the student becoming an effective practitioner;
* The theoretical basis of sociological perspectives;
* The historical and contemporary perspective of sociology;
* The current developments in practice and research in a European and world context;
* The relationship between Sociology and other cognate disciplines.
* To develop critical and analytical powers in general;
* To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment or further study;
* To enhance the development of the students' interpersonal skills;
* To develop research skills with particular reference to those skills relating to investigation and analysis;
* To provide the student with opportunities for collaborative learning with others;
* To assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous and team work.
* To think creatively and analytically
* To communicate an argument
* To evaluate others' arguments and research
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying);
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* To utilise problem solving skills
* To analyse and evaluate innovative practices in students' relevant degree discipline;
* To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within the context of the student's degree discipline.
* To reflect upon new technology and innovation within social sciences and to make decisions regarding legitimacy, reliability and effectiveness;
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological analysis and human resource management skills within a variety of environments;
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others.
* Study & Learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing);
* Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information);
* Inter-personal and communication skills;
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills;
* To construct a bibliography of varying complexity;
* Revision and Examination skills;
* Time-management and administrative skills;
* Presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions)
* Team and group working skills;
* To lead others confidently and competently;
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To solve prooblems in a variety of situations;
* To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands.
* To prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills.
* To understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path.
This unit examines sociological approaches to the changing forms of work and work organisations. Key issues include rationalisation and bureaucratisation; the introduction and impact of new technologies; managerial and worker strategies in the control of work; conflict and accommodation at the workplace; corporate structure-ownership, control and managerialism, implications for theories of class and gender relationships. The unit investigates these issues in three broad contexts: the period of early industrialisation, the development of mass production and 'Fordism' and the growth and consolidation of modern industrial structures.