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Sociology of Work and Organizations

Code 13128
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery presence at class room
Work placements doesn't apply
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to analyse the phenomenon of work and its influence on social organisation. The evolution of work throughout history is analysed, with special emphasis on the post Industrial Revolution period. It then studies the problem of organisations and their structure. Throughout the semester and according to the defined methodology, individual and group work activities are promoted in the classroom.
At the end of the course the student should be able to interpret and critically discuss the theories and problematizations related to the phenomena of work and organizations. They should be able to debate the relationship between work and society and its importance in contemporary Western society. Based on the theoretical, conceptual and methodological knowledge provided in class, he/she should be able to analyse the Portuguese society in the field of work and organisations and to develop research and intervention approaches in the field of work.
Syllabus I - Introduction. 1.1 Object of study, methods and paradigms of the Sociology of Work; 1.2 From the historical origins (and national traditions) of Sociology to the areas of specialization associated to work and organizations

II - Organization of work and of the enterprise: 2.1 Rationalization of work: from classical approaches to human relations; 2.2 Organization and work systems in industry and services; 2.3 Industrial and tertiary work, reconfigurations and interactions; 2.4 Collective actors, trade union and enterprise associations

III - The work at organizational and societal level: 3.1 From qualification to competence at work: Training, employment and activity; 3.2 Decent work and non-decent work: study of various problematic issues; 3.2.1 Concept of decent work (ILO); 3.2.2 Precarity and legal models of (in)decent work; 3.3 Non-legal models of non-decent work: trafficking in human beings, sex work and child labour

Main Bibliography 1 Mandatory Bibliography

Freire, João (2001), Sociologia do Trabalho: uma introdução, Afrontamento, Porto
Grint, Keith (1998), Sociologia do Trabalho, Piaget, Lisboa
Mintzberg, H. (1995) Estrutura e dinâmica das organizações, Dom Quixote, Lisboa

2 Additional
Corcuff, Philippe (1995) Les nouvelles sociologies, Paris, Éditions Nathan, 1995, pp.68-75.
Crozier, Michel (1964) Le phénomène bureaucratique, Paris, Le Seuil, (ver o Cap. 7 “Le système d’organisation bureaucratique”, pp. 233-268).
Friedman, Georges (1968) O Futuro do Trabalho Humano, Lisboa, Moraes Editores, pp. 117-122 e pp. 265-270.
Friedberg, Erhard (1995), O Poder e a Regra – dinâmicas da acção organizada, Lisboa, Instituto Piaget, 1995, pp. 79-91.
Goleman, David. (2000), Trabalhar com a inteligência emocional, (2ª edição), Lisboa, Temas e debates.
Kovacs, Ilona (coord.), Sara F. Casaca, Maria C. Cerdeira, João Peixoto (2014) Temas Actuais da Sociologia do Trabalho e da Empresa, Coimbra, Almedina.


Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Team based learning (TBL) is a methodology increasingly used in the university context with impressive results in terms of the development in students of autonomy, scientific literacy, group dynamics, critical thinking and argumentation. The fact of combining this methodology of team learning with individual and continuous assessment moments throughout the semester allows each student to be part of the process and to reflect on their own learning.

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-01-19

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