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Labour Market Policies in Comparative Perspective

Teaching semester

Autumn - irregular

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

None

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

Assessment in teaching semester

Course Evaluation

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

Contact

Contact Information

Studierettleiar@isp.uib.no

Tlf 55 58 33 16

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Assignment handed out
    05.12.2018, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    07.12.2018, 17:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    23.11.2018
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam