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Labourmarket and working life 7.5 Credits

Arbetsmarknad och arbetsliv
Second cycle, S7023A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

Bachelors degree of at least 180 ECTS, major in sociology.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
  • Show critical awareness about central concepts in working life
  • Show deepened knowledge about conditions & prerequisites for human beings in a changing working life; on a local, regional & global level
  • Show critical awareness of structural barriers and opportunities in working life 
  • Be able to analyse and critically value own and others work, from a sociological perspective
  • Be able to present one's own work orally as well as in written form in an engaging and structured way, to the point, including reaching analytical height

The course is included in HRM master program and deals with sociological theories about opportunities and barriers in a changing working life where the objective is to give deepened knowledge about working life. Society, including the labour market and working life, is changing on a continuous basis. These changes impact on individuals as well as work organisations, in various ways.

The course gives, besides theoretical knowledge about changes in working life, practical knowledge that can be applied in the future HRM-work.

Teaching and learning is mainly achieved via lectures and seminars.

Examination is operationalised via oral (active participation in seminars) as well as written examination.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Karolina Parding

Literature. Valid from Spring 2017 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The literature consists of a selection of journal papers from the journals presented below, which specific papers are decided at course start.

Work organization, labour & globalisation (, Papers can be retrieved from:

Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Papers can be retrieved from:

Arbetsmarknad och arbetsliv, Papers can be retrieved from:

Tidskriften Professions & professionalism, Papers can be retrieved from:

Tidskriften Professions & organizations, Papers can be retrieved from:

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

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Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Saila Piippola 13 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018