Labour market, education and training

A.A. 2015/2016
12
Crediti massimi
80
Ore totali
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the sociology of education and the economics of education, inequality of educational opportunities and social stratification and mobility, giving them theoretical and analytical tools to understand empirical results in contemporary education and labor market research. Students must also have a thorough understanding of how methodological issues in stratification research are related to theoretical concepts and substantive questions. The course consists of two modules. Although the topics addressed by each module will be very similar (e.g., determinants and consequences of educational choices), the first module will adopt a sociological, and the second an economic approach. Prerequisites: students must have a good knowledge of the main sociological theory, basic microeconomic concepts, and statistics for the social sciences.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Terzo trimestre
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Programma
First module. Lectures will concentrate mainly on industrial societies, focusing on their structure of social inequalities in the school system (i.e. inequality of educational opportunities) and in the labor market. The final part of the course is devoted to group presentation, where students will present, comment and discuss the empirical research on social stratification and mobility in different countries.
Main topics: introduction to sociology (key sociological theories and research methods); overview of social stratification and inequality; basic processes of status attainment and social mobility; sociology of education; inequality of educational opportunities; returns to education; inequality of educational opportunities and social mobility.

Second module. Lectures will concentrate on the main economic models explaining the demand for education (human capital investment theory and signaling), issues related with the supply of education, educational financing, the return to education, and intergenerational mobility. There will also be some lectures devoted to the main statistical methods commonly used in Education and Labor Economics. In the final part of this module students will present in class some papers related to Education and Labor Economics.
Propedeuticità
First module. Sociology, and statistics for the social sciences.
Second module. Knowledge acquired in undergraduate courses of microeconomics, labor economics, statistics for the social sciences and econometrics could be useful.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Course assessment.
First module. Written final exam.
Second module. Written final exam and student presentations.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
First module:
- Brint, S. G. (2006). Schools and societies. Stanford University Press.
- Group presentations are based on: Ballarino, G, Bernardi, F, (eds.), Education, Occupation and Social Origin: A comparative analysis of the transmission of socio-economic inequalities.
- Other compulsory readings will be provided during class
Additional readings
- Wright, E.O. ed. (2005), Approaches to Class Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
- Goldthorpe, J.H. (1987), Social Mobility and Class Structure in Modern Britain, 2nd ed, Clarendon Press.
- Shavit, Y., & Blossfeld, H. P. (1993). Persistent Inequality: Changing Educational Attainment in Thirteen Countries. Social Inequality Series. Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301-2847.
- Shavit, Y., & Muller, W. (1998). From School to Work. A Comparative Study of Educational Qualifications and Occupational Destinations. Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513.

Second module:
- Daniele Checchi, The Economics of Education. Human Capital, Family Background and Inequality, Cambridge University Press, last edition.
- A list of papers and additional material will be distributed during the course.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Programma
First module. Lectures will concentrate mainly on industrial societies, focusing on their structure of social inequalities in the school system (i.e. inequality of educational opportunities) and in the labor market. The final part of the course is devoted to group presentation, where students will present, comment and discuss the empirical research on social stratification and mobility in different countries.
Main topics: introduction to sociology (key sociological theories and research methods); overview of social stratification and inequality; basic processes of status attainment and social mobility; sociology of education; inequality of educational opportunities; returns to education; inequality of educational opportunities and social mobility.

Second module. Lectures will concentrate on the main economic models explaining the demand for education (human capital investment theory and signaling), issues related with the supply of education, educational financing, the return to education, and intergenerational mobility. There will also be some lectures devoted to the main statistical methods commonly used in Education and Labor Economics. In the final part of this module students will present in class some papers related to Education and Labor Economics.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Assessment. Written final exam for both modules.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
First module:
- Brint, S. G. (2006). Schools and societies. Stanford University Press.
- Group presentations are based on: Ballarino, G, Bernardi, F, (eds.), Education, Occupation and Social Origin: A comparative analysis of the transmission of socio-economic inequalities.
- Other compulsory readings will be provided during class
Additional readings
- Wright, E.O. ed. (2005), Approaches to Class Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
- Goldthorpe, J.H. (1987), Social Mobility and Class Structure in Modern Britain, 2nd ed, Clarendon Press.
- Shavit, Y., & Blossfeld, H. P. (1993). Persistent Inequality: Changing Educational Attainment in Thirteen Countries. Social Inequality Series. Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301-2847.
- Shavit, Y., & Muller, W. (1998). From School to Work. A Comparative Study of Educational Qualifications and Occupational Destinations. Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513.

Second module:
- Daniele Checchi, The Economics of Education. Human Capital, Family Background and Inequality, Cambridge University Press, last edition.
- A list of papers and additional material will be distributed during the course.
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Mercoledì 15.00-17.00 salvo diverso avviso in questo sito (si prega di contattarmi per conferma). This week office hours will be on Thursday 16 January usual time.
stanza 21 (DEMM, Via Conservatorio 7)
Ricevimento:
Lunedì 14.30-17.30 (il ricevimento di lunedì 9/12 è sospeso a causa di impegni di didattica. si prega di inviare una mail al docente per fissare un altro appuntamento)
Stanza 1 - primo piano