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Work, Welfare & Citizenship - SPY00017M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Enrico Reuter
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To identify and understand the range of factors that shape labour market activity
  • To understand and critically appraise a range of theoretical perspectives on labour market activity
  • To identify the nature of public policy in respect of employment and labour market issues, and the relationship between the market and the state
  • To engage with a number of key debates on the directions of labour market change
  • To explore the contribution of social science perspectives in developing an understanding of the labour market

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module a student should be able to:

  • Understand the key structures and processes that characterise labour markets in general
  • Apply this understanding to their national and local labour markets
  • Critically assess the contribution of different theoretical perspectives
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the range of statistical sources on the labour market
  • Identify and appraise the nature and objectives of employment and labour market policy as implemented in their particular country, understanding why and how it might differ elsewhere
  • Identify and engage with key debates on the directions of labour market change


Task Length % of module mark
Work, Welfare & Citizenship - Assignment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Work, Welfare & Citizenship - Assignment
N/A 100

Module feedback

The lead marker (the module tutor) will include comments about the content, structure, and evidence used etc. to provide you with constructive information that will enable you to improve on future work. The feedback a tutor can offer can be invaluable to your studies, so it is important you read this carefully.

Feedback will be given in three ways:

(1) Comments within the actual text will highlight specific points and examples that the marker wants to draw to your attention.

(2) The marking criteria will be highlighted to show how your assignment has been rated against those criteria. This will enable you to calibrate your performance against a consistent scale, and therefore to aim to improve in specific areas.

(3) Finally the marker will provide a narrative summary in which the main points will be set out and any major areas for improvement highlighted.

We aim to return your marked work to you within one month of its submission.

Indicative reading

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2017) Vulnerability of the ‘Entrepreneurial Self’: Analysing the Interplay between Labour Markets and Social Policy,  Social Policy and Society, Vol 16 (3)  pp. 483-496

Heery, E. and Salmon, J. (2000) The insecure workforce, Routledge

Rubery, J. and Grimshaw, D. (2003) The Organisation of Employment: An International Perspective. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.



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