Labour markets and globalization

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/09
Language
English
Learning objectives
The course of sociology of work provides a comparative analysis of the core issues in the labour market of contemporary capitalism. The approach will privilege globalization as a process unifying national labour markets.
Students who attend the course will be able to:
-Develop a conceptual framework for thinking about the main structural changes occurring in the economy, such as the growing role of the service sector, and to show how these concepts are implemented in a variety of contexts -Identify the main concepts and tools in labour market analysis from the socio-economic perspective, following the internal/external and occupational labour market models -Explore a selection of current research topics relevant to the understanding of the globalization process. Delocalization, outsourcing and modularization of production and services are among them.
- Develop a comprehensive overview of the current international division of labour, the migration processes and the new forms of labour market segmentation -Familiarize with statistical sources and international databases on employment and labour market conditions The course is based on the collective discussion of selected papers and case studies; exercises on the international databases

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
SPS/09 - ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Semenza Renata
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
From the socio-economic perspective, the course deals with the main labour market theories and trends. It will consider - the decline in the employment-to-population rate, -the changing pattern in production (service sector), -the instability/ precarization of labour (nonstandard and informal work), -the declining wage shares and growing wage inequality; -the internationalization of the production process (importance of multinational companies); -the international migrations. After a general introduction on the meaning and definition of labour market changes in the contemporary society, the course will consider the globalization's effects on labour market, deepening specific issues, mainly related to the occupational structure and the quality of work.The approach will privilege globalization as a process unifying national labour markets. The first part aims at providing the basic tools for socio-economic understanding of globalization process and its effects on labour markets.The basic literature on global economy will be reviewed looking at topics such as the international division of labour and the global value chain. The second part completes the first one, looking more in depth several criticall topics such as workers mobility, vulnerable employment, gender disparity, low-wage-work. The course will include a module concerning methods, use of labour indicators and statistical data set on international employment and labour markets.
The teaching approach is based on the international comparison, national case studies and critical discussion on the emerging challenges, dilemmas and policy implications.
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
From the socio-economic perspective, the course deals with the main labour market theories and trends. The course will consider the globalization's effects on labour market, deepening specific issues, mainly related to the occupational structure and the quality of work. The approach will privilege globalization as a process unifying national labour markets.
Lesson period
Second trimester
Lesson period
Second trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tuesday h. 2-5 PM
Room 15