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Discover the causes of global employment inequalities, how workers gain a voice through unions, and the future of work itself.
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About This Course
On this course, you will get an introduction to the world of ‘work and employment studies’ (WES), from experts at the Work and Equalities Institute at the University of Manchester, the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the University of Limerick, and Liverpool University Management School.
You’ll explore how global employment conditions have become ever more fragmented and unequal, before examining the different frameworks of power and politics that relate to your workplace, learning how employees can find a voice through trade unions.
Ultimately you’ll explore what the future of work and equalities themselves could look like – and how employment could become more just.
“Almost everyone has to work, but why is it so unequal? This unique, timely, and engaging course pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of power differentials and ways to redress them. Take this course to become empowered in your work, it’s critically important”
Professor John W. Budd (University of Minnesota, USA)
“The course ‘power, politics and influence at work’ comes highly recommended. It offers a stimulating and engaging way to learn and debate contemporary challenges people face in the world of work”.
Carl Roper, Trades Union Congress (TUC), National Education & Organising Manager
“SIPTU College appreciate the online ‘Power, politics and influence at work’ course … It provides a natural link to our Trade Union Studies programme … the format is really engaging and the content thought-provoking”.
Tish Gibbons, Head of SIPTU College, Dublin
What topics will you cover?
- Work and employment relations
- Frameworks of power
- Employment regulation
- New technology
- Trade unions and worker voice
- Future of work debates
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
- Explain the dimensions of work and employment studies as a discrete field of study
- Describe different models of power that affect employment conditions
- Assess the way Government (e.g. the State) regulate employment equalities
- Discuss the way new technologies can influence employment relationships and work conditions
- Evaluate different systems for worker voice
- Debate different developments and scenarios that can affect the future of work
Who is the course for?
This course would appeal to workplace representatives and trade unionists, as well as those who work or volunteer for social and political movements concerned with labour and citizenship rights.
It would also benefit policymakers and policy influencers.