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GD310 - World of Work: Global Perspectives on Labour and Livelihoods

  • Module code: GD310
  • Module name: World of Work: Global Perspectives on Labour and Livelihoods
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module introduces students to key concepts and debates about the role of work and labour in processes of global sustainable development. SDG 8 on ‘Full productive employment and Decent Work’ serves as a jumping off point to explore a number of issues and debates about the changing nature of work in the global economy and the possibilities for sustainable, dignified livelihoods. Students will engage these topics through class discussions focused on concrete case studies. Cases will be selected and presented by students themselves in most weeks.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to: Understand key concepts in the study of work (i.e. employment and unemployment, free and unfree labour, informal work, global production networks). Critically assess major debates about the changing nature of work in the global economy. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of cross-disciplinary perspectives on the relationships between labour and global sustainable development. Undertake independent research and writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 2 hour seminars in Term 2

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/gsd/currentstudents/modules/work

Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS only to final year Global Sustainable Development (GSD) students. Available to students outside GSD on application.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD310-15)
A (Assessed work only) Case Study Presentation 25%
  Seminar Participation 10%
  Research Paper Proposal (500 words) 15%
  Research Paper (3000 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Global Sustainable Development (L8A1) - Year 3
Optional Core

N/A

Optional

N/A