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Labour Market Policies in Comparative Perspective

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSAMPOL216
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    English

  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

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

Objectives and Content

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Required Previous Knowledge

Fulfilment of general admission requirements

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MET102, SAMPOL105, SAMPOL106, SAMPOL107

Access to the Course

Open for all students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Form: Lectures

Hours per week: 2

Number of weeks: 10-15

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

None

Forms of Assessment

Take home exam (3 days, maximum 3000 words)

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Subject Overlap

None

Assessment Semester

Fall - irregular (offered in fall 2017)

Course Evaluation

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

Programme Committee

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

Contact

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Submission deadline
    13.12.2017, 17:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    16.11.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam