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Sociology of Work, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Arbetssociologi

This syllabus is valid: 2022-02-28 and until further notice

Course code: 2SO092

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Sociology: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Revised by: Head of Department of Sociology, 2022-02-28


The course provides an introduction to the relationship between work, the labour market and living conditions, studied from a sociological and social psychological perspective. The topic is addressed through theories, empirical research and related methodological questions. Throughout the course, students will develop an understanding of the research area, as well as the more generic skills of oral and written presentation, critical appraisal, and research communication.

Expected learning outcomes

In terms of knowledge and understanding, and on successful completion of the course, the student will:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of sociological and social psychological theories on work and the labour market, and be able to independently explain these theories
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of empirical research on work and the labour market, and be able to independently explain this research

In terms of skills and proficiency, and on successful completion of the course, the student will:

  • be able to orally describe relevant course themes to an audience with the use of technical aids
  • be able to write in a form that conforms to academic conventions and thereby describe and analyse relations between the specialization areas of the course

In terms of the logics of inquiry and valuing, and on successful completion of the course, the student will:

  • be able to independently problematize and critically reflect on the relationship between the specialization areas presented

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

The course content is delivered through lectures, seminars and group exercises.

Examination modes

The course is examined partly by an individually written report, and partly by written essays and oral group presentations consisting of presentations using revevant digital tools.

The assessment must be individual or designed in such a way that individual examination can take place at all courses organized by the department. The Swedish grading system states that the following grades may be awarded: Pass with Distinction (väl godkänd), Pass (godkänd) or Fail (underkänd). For the grade Pass, at least Pass is required on all examinations. For the grade Pass with Distinction, the grade Pass with Distinction on the individual report is also required. For comparison of grades, Umeå University has decided that the ECTS Grading Table (EGT) shall be used. International students' home university is responsible for any translation into their local grading system.

For each examining part of the course is a regular examination given with a second reexamination within two months after the regular examination. For examinations performed in May and June is the first reexamination offered within three months of the regular examination. In addition to this is a third reexamination given within a year after the end of the course. Examination based on the same course plan as the regular examination is guaranteed within two years after the earlier course plan has ceased to be valid or the course is no longer given (see rules for grades and examination on basic and advanced level, Dnr: FS 1.1.2-553-14). A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course is entitled to have another examiner appointed after a written request to the head of department.

Deviations from the form of examination in the course plan can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to disabilities. Individual adjustment of the examination form shall be considered based on the student's needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the expected learning outcomes of the course plan. After a request from the student shall the course coordinator, in consultation with the examiner, quickly decide on the adjusted form of examination. The decision is then to be reported to the student.

Transfer of credits
In order to transfer credits to a corresponding course at Umeå University, students have the right to submit previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession for evaluation. Application for transfer of credits is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. More information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's student website, www.student.umu.se, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal for transfer of credits may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies whether the entire application or part of the application for transfer of credits is refused.


Valid from: 2022 week 9

Watson Tony J.
Sociology, work and organisation
Seventh edition : Abingdon, Oxon : 2017 : xv, 479 pages :
ISBN: 9781138941809
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Kunda Gideon
Engineering culture : control and commitment in a high-tech corporation
Rev. ed. : Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press : 2006 : 307 s. :
ISBN: 1592135463
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Scientific articles will also be assigned.