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IRE1611: Sociology of Work and Organizations

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE1611, with research papers and assignments.

Welcome to Sociology of Work and Organizations

"This course introduces students to sociological approaches to work and industrial relations. It briefly explores the history of industrial relations leading to contemporary issues and events through the lens of key sociological thinkers such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Michels. Students are therefore introduced to classical theories and then these perspectives are applied to analyze current labour market and employment relationships. The objective of this course is first to demonstrate how an understanding of industrial relations can be informed and enriched by classical and contemporary sociological perspectives. Second, it is to enable students to familiarise themselves with sociological perspectives so that they can compare and contrast, support or oppose, distinct approaches to industrial relations and the nature of work. This new familiarity will facilitate a critical view of the theories that will be explored and applied in the course."