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Sociology of work

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course is designed to help students understand the key sociological themes relevant to working life, particularly under the circumstance of a more dynamic and competitive global labor market. It provides a practical introduction of working life, and additionally a critical understanding of the opportunities and challenges for individuals, organization and society.

Learning outcome

Upon completing the course, students are expected to obtain the following knowledge, skills and general competence:
Students will
  • Have good knowledge of the core topics in the sociology of work
  • Develop an advanced understanding of complexity and relations, challenges and opportunities about the modern occupational structure and working life
  • Achieve knowledge of procedures and strategies in the face of a changing and dynamic global labour market.

Students will obtain:
  • Ability to analyze critical mechanisms and processes that contribute to the maintenance and change of modern working life,
  • Ability to discuss different perspectives on work situations,
  • Ability to think sociologically of relationships and developmental features and mechanisms in modern working life.

General competence:
Students will gain:
  • Ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand complex relationships
  • Ability of reflection and critical analysis


The course is about the frameworks and processes that characterize what we call modern working life from the sociological perspective. Examples include:
  • Technology, globalization, and work
  • Central changes in occupational structure and working life
  • Differences in employment and organizational forms across societies

The course also investigates the changes, challenges and opportunities in today's work situations, and how these influence our relationship with work and the role of work. Examples include:
  • Socialization and identity at workplace
  • The relationship between work and family
  • Gender issues in the workplace
  • Social capital, cultural capital, and job search in the labour market

Required prerequisite knowledge

BSS100 Sociological theory: Classical perspectives, BSS110 Social relations and institutions, BSS120 Methodology and methods in social research, BSS130 Changing social structures, SVEXPHIL Examen philosophicum


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home Exam1/17 daysA - FAll.
Students can take exams in Norwegian or English.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Dian Liu
Course teacher
Liv Åsa-Maria Sunnercrantz , Lars Klemsdal
Programme coordinator
Turid Rødne

Method of work

The course consists of 2-hour lecture plus student group work per week. The language of instruction is English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Sociology of work (BSP350_1) 10

Open to

Sociology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Social Sciences

Course assessment

Student evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the University's evaluation system. 


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020