The aim of this course is to introduce students to the sociology and the economics of labour market, education and training, with particular attention to inequality of opportunities and social stratification and mobility. Quantitative approaches will be privileged but also qualitative evidence will be presented and discussed. The course includes two modules. Although the general empirical evidence-based approach is the same, the first module will adopt a sociological approach, paying attention to the historical and institutional processes who shape current labour market and VET activities, while the second will adopt an economic approach, with focus on causality issues and on research designs enabling to overcome them. At the end of the course, students should have the theoretical and analytical tools needed to understand empirical results in contemporary education and labor market research. Moreover, students must also have a thorough understanding of how methodological issues in labour market and inequality research are related to theoretical concepts and substantive questions. Students will thus be able to evaluate current public opinion debates on socio-economic inequality and relate them to their own professional activity in human resources management or policy analysis and design. The exam is written and includes both modules. The exam for the sociological modules includes 6 open-ended questions, while the exam for the economic modules will have the students answer to 2 open-ended questions. For a good understanding of the course, students are required to have a good knowledge of basic data analysis techniques and of labour economics.
Expected learning outcomes
Lesson period: Third trimester
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