Students are required to take the state-of-the-art course in the sociology of labour in the sociology departement and the labour economics course in the economics department (4 credits each) (see seperate course descriptions)
A third component of the course (also 4 credits) consist of an individual paper that applies both economic and sociological insights and methods to a topical issue in the labour-welfare-policy nexus. At regular group meetings, students discuss their progress and provide feedback to their fellow-students. They present and defend the final paper.
The focus is on issues including:
- What are relevant external contingencies of work and welfare (globalization, technological change ...)?
- Is there a (growing) trade-off between solidarity (social cohesion) and (economic) competitiveness?
- What are developments in production paradigms; and what are the implications ?
- Industrial relations: divergence or convergence?
- Which type of welfare state can survive within a global economy?
- How to understand the relationship between changes taking place at the level of the global economy and changes taking place in the workplace, the labour market and in the system of industrial relations?