MPV_LMSI Labour market and socioeconomic inequalities

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Ing. Tomáš Doseděl, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Laura Fónadová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Beatrice Elena Chromková Manea, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Laura Fónadová, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/24, only registered: 14/24
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is designed to encourage students to address what causes inequality in labour markets, from the conventional explanations related to stratification, technological change, globalization, and institutional approaches which have been gaining prominence in this field. The course examines economic structures, social class, gender, ethnicity, family dynamics, political restructuring, and their influence on paid and unpaid work in contemporary Western countries, as well as other societies. Students explore how these processes are related to inequalities within a specific country. The course will evaluate the effectiveness of various policies that have been or could be implemented to address inequality. Specifically, it will focus on the role of education and skill development policies in reducing inequality.
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will acquire the following skills:
They will be able to describe the latest developments in socio-economic inequalities and labor market.
They will recognize the main themes and concepts from sociology and economics, relevant to the topic.
They will be able to apply economic and sociological concepts and theories to real-world issues and understand how to evaluate empirical evidence.
They will be able to participate in key policy debates revolving around reducing inequality.
  • Course outline 1. Inequality and main concepts in social stratification research 2. Socioeconomic inequality and labour market: the concept of social classes 3. Social mobility 4. Labour market and the meaning of work in the contemporary sociological and economic perspectives 5. Contemporary forms of labour insecurity - the phenomenon of the precariat 6. Ethnicity and the labour market 7. Gender and the labour market 8. Non-standard paid work (spatial, temporal and contractual). Unpaid work – domestic and voluntary work in a gender perspective. 9. Inequality of globalization and technological turn 10. Well-being and employment 11. Income inequality and health 12. Labour market and current social challenges - country reports
    required literature
  • GALBRAITH, James K. Inequality : what everyone needs to know. First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, xii, 211. ISBN 9780190250461. info
    recommended literature
  • DILL, Bonnie Thornton a Ruth E ZAMBRANA. Emerging intersections: race, class, and gender in theory, policy, and practice. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2009, xvii, 306 p.
  • Labour and employment in a globalising worldautonomy, collectives and political dilemmas. Edited by Christian Azaïs. New York: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2010, 273 p. ISBN 9783035260243. info
  • Social class in Europe : an introduction to the European socio-economic classification. Edited by David Rose - Eric Harrison. London: Routledge, 2010, 321 s. ISBN 9780415458016. info
  • Why socio-economic inequalities increase? : facts and policy responses in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2010, 50 s. ISBN 9789279163432. info
  • New skills for new jobs : anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009, 34 s. ISBN 9789279112119. info
  • Reconciling labour flexibility with social cohesion : ideas for political action = Concilier flexibilité du travail et cohesion sociale : des idées pour l'action politique. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2006, 228, 245. ISBN 9287160147. info
Teaching methods
The course is designed in a lecture-seminar format, with core readings discussed in-depth every week based on a careful reading of the texts before class. Final written exam will facilitate students’ understanding of the course materials and evaluate their acquired knowledge.
Assessment methods
1. Class participation: seminar assignment and participation in discussions (40%)
2. Student presentation (20%)
3. Final exam - written tests (40%) If a student is found to commit a prohibited act, such as using banned tools, cheating, or removing any part of the exam, the teacher is allowed to interrupt the exam and grade the student with F, FF or FFF, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The mentioned policy applies to all activities that are part of the final evaluation of the course (such as seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
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Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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