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Society and Emergent Forms of Work

Society and Emergent Forms of Work

This module has its own specific learning outcomes and also contributes to the programme learning outcomes.


Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:


  1. To address the subjective experience of work, employment and unemployment under the conditions of global capitalism; cultures of work; emotional and affective labour; transformations in the character of the labour market as well as exploring cases studies on particular occupations, professions and types of labour.


  1. To provide knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary changes in work, management and organization with reference to changes in technology, society and the economy.


  1. Develop an appreciation of the ways in which new forms of labour and organization both shape subjectivity and are shaped by it in return.



Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will have worked towards the following programme outcomes:


  1. Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of broader societal and cultural trends, contemporary issues related to work and their impact on the business environment Application of domains of knowledge and understanding to the ‘real world’ and practice.
  2. Make effective use of critical thinking, for example, in critically evaluating contemporary issues related to the management of organisations and work.
  3. Make effective use of the principles, processes and evaluation of research and various data sources.
  4. Make effective use of models of business problems and case studies.
  5. Reflexively question assumptions which are taken for granted and critical thinking development.

Work effectively autonomously, including setting own direction, evaluating own progress, managing time and working to deadlines.

Formative Assessment Task

Assessment tasks/questions:

Provide a detailed essay plan for your chosen question with a selected bibliography.


Guidance on answering formative assessment questions:

Why plan?


Planning your essay makes it much more likely that you will end up with a coherent argument.

It enables you to work out a logical structure and an end point for your argument before you start writing.

It means you don`t have to do this type of complex thinking at the same time as trying to find the right words to express your ideas.

It helps you to commit yourself to sticking to the point.


You need to work out what to include, and what can be left out. It is impossible to cover everything in an essay, and your markers will be looking for evidence of your ability to choose material and put it in order. Brainstorm all your ideas, and then arrange them in three or four groups. Not everything will fit so be prepared to discard some points (you can mention them briefly in your introduction).


Structure of your plan:


Outline what you are going to include in each section:

Introduction: Address the question, show why it`s interesting and how you will answer it.

Main Body: Build your argument. Put your groups of ideas in a sequence to make a persuasive argument. One main point in each paragraph.

Conclusion: Summaries your arguments and evidence, and show how they answer the original question.

Bibliography: Provide at least 5 to 10 references (potential books and articles)


NOTE: The formative assignment does not count towards your final grade- nevertheless it is highly recommended for all students to submit their formative task. The primary purpose of formative task halfway through your module is to stimulate and focus your thinking regarding the assessment task(s) in the above table. This also allows you to receive feedback from your tutor regarding your focus on the assignment to ensure that you are on the right track. It also acts as a warning that assignments will need to be submitted soon. It takes more than a single draft of an assignment to get good marks. This is the first step in the planning your assignment.

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