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The Changing Nature of Work - MAN00076M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeremy Aroles
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module explores why conflict can emerge from paid work/society. More specifically it examines the impact of gender, class, and contractual relationships on workers and organisation.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module explores why conflict can emerge from paid work/society. More specifically it examines the impact of gender, class, and contractual relationships on workers and organisation. It then explains why this relationship is partially regulated by external forces such as unions and the State and its regulation at the organisational level.

Module learning outcomes

The structure of work I (occupations and the social division of labour, changing division labour, sexual division of labour, post-industrialism, etc)

The structure of work 11 (organisations: bureaucracy, Taylorism, Fordism, limits of bureaucracy, contingency thinking, labour process, micropolitics, organisational enviroments etc)

Skills (occupational structuring, occupational culture, work re-design, careers etc)

The meaning of work (identity, class, emotional labour etc)

The employment relationship (unitarism, pluralism, conflict approaches

The parties to industrial relations (unions, State, employers)

IR processes 1 (donovan commission, collective bargaining, grievance procedure, disciplinary procedure, tribunals, citizens advice etc)

IR processes 2 (forms of voice, regulation of voice, outcomes, missing voices etc)

Industrial conflict (strikes, go-slows, work-to-rule, reasons for conflict, changing extent of conflict/statistics, explaining change etc)

Conflict resolution (ACAS, training, listening, negotiation skills etc)

Academic and graduate skills

By the end of this module students should be able to:-

Understand how societal norms have helped shape the workplace

Understand how the different interests of parties can undermine contractual expectations

Understand the economic, organisational, and socio-psychological mechanisms that can lead to workplace conflict

Recognise the role of State legislation, trades unions, and organisational procedure in mediating these differing interests

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students receive individual written feedback on each item of coursework within five weeks of submission. A comprehensive module assessment report is released to students after the summer term exam board.

Indicative reading

  • Grint (2005) ‘The Sociology of Work’
  • Dundan & Rollinson (2011) ‘Understanding Employment Relations’



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