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SSPS4111: The Future of Work

Technological disruption, demographic change, globalisation and economic transformation are having a profound impact on the quantity and quality of jobs, how and by whom work is undertaken as well as the distribution of income and well-being. Such changes make the future of work challenging for all societies in the 21st Century. This project unit offers students the opportunity to explore the historical, contemporary and potential future(s) of the role of 'work' in the national and international context. Students will engage in primary and secondary research, with research experts within and external to the University, and apply social science expertise to contemporary public debate.

Code SSPS4111
Academic unit Social and Political Sciences
Credit points 12
144 credit points and (FASS3999 or FASS3333 or equivalent)
Assumed knowledge:
Successful completion of an Arts major.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply core concepts, approaches and analytical tools available to social scientists to an issue of public importance.
  • LO2. demonstrate an awareness of the cultural, political, social and economic contexts and variance in the role that ‘work’ has played across time and in national and international contexts.
  • LO3. demonstrate a capacity to undertake primary and secondary research through analysis of domestic and international data on labour markets and collection of new data on the experience of work and employment.
  • LO4. translate empirical and theoretical scholarship into public debate.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.