SOC-20069 - Work, Identities and Skills
Coordinator: Ranji Devadason Tel: +44 1782 7 34901
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

CRI-20015, PIR-20065

Description for 2023/24

The aims of this module are twofold: first, to enable students to understand processes of globalization and de-industrialisation, and how recent social, economic and political changes have affected skills and employment opportunities and, second, to develop a personal career portfolio that supports them to navigate the graduate labour market. The focus on practical skills and careers development, in tandem with teaching on the sociology of work, organisations and contemporary labour markets, will enable students to contextualise their own experiences in the labour market, cultivate graduate attributes, and develop practical skills that will enable them to navigate their pathways in the graduate labour market.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand how processes of globalization and de-industrialization have shaped contemporary employment and society: 1
investigate how skills and opportunities in the labour market have changed and continue to change due to advances in technology, transport and telecommunications: 1
identify and cultivate their own skills and graduate attributes with a view to entry into the graduate labour market: 2
develop a personal careers action plan that includes a series of achievable, practical steps that they can pursue during the course of their studies and beyond: 2

Study hours

22 contact hours - 11 workshops, each two hours duration.
44 hours - preparation for workshops and formative work.
84 hours - assessment preparation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
An essay on an aspect of the sociology of work.
A 1500-word academic essay that draws on established literature and research about the sociology of work and employment and analyses how recent trends have affected the experience of employees. Students will be asked to select one essay question from a list of four questions that will be provided.

2: Portfolio weighted 50%
A careers-focussed portfolio
(i) A CV of around 1000 words (ii) A personal careers action plan, around 500 words.