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Labour Market Policies in Comparative Perspective

Undervisningssemester

Fall - irregular (the course is offered in fall 2017)

Mål og innhald

The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary labour market policy across advanced capitalist countries. The jobs people have are crucial for their income, social status, and well-being. This makes labour market policy a particularly important field of government intervention. The course will help students to acquire sound knowledge of general principles of labour market policy as well as an appreciation of variation across developed countries (mostly OECD member states). This is a problem-oriented course that seeks to bridge theoretical and practical knowledge. It will equip students with a critical understanding of the major labour market challenges governments face today, their determinants, and the main policies discussed to tackle them. These challenges include unemployment, precarious employment, and labour shortage. The emphasis will be on the politics of labour market policy. As the study of labour market policy is interdisciplinary, sociological and economic perspectives will also be discussed.

Læringsutbyte

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

  • demonstrate their understanding of central concepts as well as the main policy instruments in labour market policy;
  • explain the basics of how labour markets function from an economic perspective and how work is analysed from a sociological perspective;
  • present how labour market policy varies across developed countries;
  • discuss how and to what extent various political actors shape labour market policy;
  • critically discuss the extent, determinants, and possible policy solutions to major labour market challenges in developed countries today;

Skills

  • apply the concepts and theories of labour market policy to specific empirical examples;
  • critically assess media reports and policy proposals;

General competence

  • synthesise theoretical and empirical material on a given topic;
  • differentiate and criticise platitudes in public discourse.

Krav til forkunnskapar

Fulfilment of general admission requirements

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

MET102, SAMPOL105, SAMPOL106, SAMPOL107

Krav til studierett

Open for all students at the University of Bergen.

Undervisningsformer og omfang av organisert undervisning

Form: Lectures

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: 10-12

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

None

Vurderingsformer

Take home exam (3 days, maximum 3000 words)

Karakterskala

Grading A-F

Fagleg overlapp

None

Vurderingssemester

Fall - irregular (offered in fall 2017)

Emneevaluering

The course is to be evaluated according to guidelines found in Handbok for kvalitetssikring av universitetsstudia.

Programansvarleg

Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet og alle emna der.

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Eksamensinformasjon

  • Vurderingsordning: Heimeeksamen

    Innleveringsfrist
    13.12.2017, 17:00
    Trekkfrist
    16.11.2017
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