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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The course aims to provide students with the main theoretical and methodological tools for the sociological knowledge and analysis of work and its transformations, and to know and understand the mechanisms of structuring and functioning of the labor market. The course will deepen the role of work in contemporary society, its meanings and social representation, the forms and conditions of employment and unemployment, the characteristics and changes of the workforce, the behaviors and choices of demand and especially of supply, the inequalities that characterize participation in the labor market (in terms of gender and age, education and local context).
In accordance with the provisions of the Dublin Descriptors (I-V), at the end of the course the students will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
I. Knowledge and understanding: students will know and understand the most relevant issues concerning work in contemporary society; they will acquire the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental dynamics of the labor market and the social conditions linked to work, its formal and informal characteristics, and its lack or individual and collective loss.
II. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to develop an analysis of the socio-economic processes that invest work and its meaning in contemporary society.
III. Making judgments: students will be able to formulate an independent critical judgment on socio-economic issues concerning work on a global scale; to deal with complex issues having awareness of the different forms and dimensions of inequalities in the labor market.
IV. Communication skills: students will be able to communicate the skills acquired with appropriate language, express and argue their opinions on the issues of greatest interest addressed in the course.
V. Learning skills: students will acquire the ability to learn and update knowledge on work topics from a sociological perspective.


Basic knowledge of sociology and statistics.


Main topics covered in the course:

• Meanings and representations of work
• Changes in work and transformations in the labor society
• From the Fordist model of production and society to post-industrial society
• Flexibility, precariousness, fragmentation and social insecurity
• The participation of women in the labor market
• Inequalities and discrimination in the labor market
• The tools for analyzing the labor market: preliminary concepts, classifications, indicators
• The structure and functioning of the labor market
• Dimensions, characteristics and changes of employment and unemployment

Teaching Methods

The course is divided into 30 lessons of 2 hours each. In addition to the lectures, with the use of multimedia material, classroom debates and comparisons on work experiences and working conditions are added.
The teaching will be delivered simultaneously both in presence and online, thus outlining a mixed teaching that can be enjoyed in university classrooms but also at a distance. At the beginning of the semester, each student can opt, with a binding choice, for face-to-face or distance teaching. Depending on the availability of the classrooms and the number of students who will opt for the attendance mode, there may still be a shift for actual classroom access.
On the basis of the contextual conditions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, on-line shifts and / or replacement activities may be envisaged for the conduct of debates and discussions on work experiences.

Verification of learning

The assessment of learning takes place during the course based on the interventions of the students during the lessons and their active participation in classroom debates, while the final assessment is based on an oral test of about 45 minutes.
Evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. The determination of the final grade takes into account the following elements:
1. knowledge of the topics covered in the course and mastery of the concepts used;
2. the ability to critically grasp the links between the topics dealt with, in a summary vision;
3. the ability to critically apply knowledge to work analysis;
4. a fluent and correct exhibition capacity.
To pass the exam and therefore bring a mark of not less than 18/30, students must demonstrate that they have acquired a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the course and a sufficient mastery of the concepts (point 1), a sufficient ability to synthesize the connection of the topics (point 2), a sufficient ability to apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of the labor market (point 3), a sufficiently fluid and appropriate exposure, without serious errors (point 4).
To achieve a score of 30/30 with honors, students must demonstrate that they have acquired excellent knowledge and understanding of all the topics covered in the course and an excellent command of the concepts (point 1), a high ability to grasp the links between the topics covered and an excellent synthesis capacity (point 2); a high ability to critically apply the knowledge acquired to the analysis of the labor market (point 3), an excellent argumentative ability and fluent and correct exposure (point 4).


The final exam must be prepared on the following texts:

E. Mingione, E. Pugliese, Il lavoro, Roma, Carocci, 2017 (Latest edition)
L. Gallino, Il lavoro non è una merce. Contro la flessibilità, Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2007
M.L. Pruna, Donne al lavoro, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007

At least one of the following readings is suggested:

C. Crouch, Se il lavoro si fa GIG, Bologna: Il Mulino,
P. Di Nicola, F. Della Ratta-Rinaldi, L. Ioppolo, S.
Rosati, Storie precarie. Parole, vissuti e diritti negati
della generazione senza, Roma: Ediesse, 2014
M. Fana, Non è lavoro, è sfruttamento, Roma-Bari:
Laterza, 2017
R. Staglianò, Al posto tuo. Così web e robot ci stanno
rubando il lavoro, Torino: Einaudi, 2016
R. Staglianò, Lavoretti. Così la sharing economy ci
rende tutti più poveri, Torino: Einaudi, 2018

More Information

Besides the indicated reference texts and the chosen readings, the examination material will include the slides of the lessons that the teacher will make available, as well as articles, documents and other material that will be indicated during the lessons.

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