SOC792 Social Stratification and Labour Market

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Beatrice Elena Chromková Manea, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 9:45–11:15 PC26
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! SOC409 Stratification Research &&! NOW ( SOC409 Stratification Research )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/18, only registered: 0/18, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/18
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate that they are familiar with the basic concepts by which social scientists understand social stratification, labor market and socioeconomic inequalities. They should be able to describe the major changes related to the study of socioeconomic inequalities. They should describe the trends in sociological and economic theories in the field of labor market and socioeconomic inequalities as well as to evaluate the contributions made by various theoretical perspectives to our understanding of labor market and socioeconomic inequalities, and provide examples of their application in the field of labor market and socioeconomic inequalities. They should also to demonstrate that they are familiar with some of the most important terms and trends related to research in the field of labor market, social mobility, educational and socioeconomic inequalities. Last but not least, they should be able to describe how and why contemporary societal trends influence labor market and socioeconomic inequalities, and the consequences of such changes on it.
  • 1. Introduction, course organization
  • 2. Main concepts in social stratification research
  • 3. Socioeconomic inequality and its indicators in the labor market: concepts of social classes and ISEI
  • 4. Four generations of social stratification research
  • 5. Social origin, education, labour market entry, and social destination - part I
  • 6. Social origin, education, labour market entry, and social destination - part II
  • 7. Reading week
  • 8. Midterm exam. Theoretical perspectives in studying work and labour market
  • 9. Labour market - new challenges after 1989. Employment equity and work legislation in EU and the Czech Republic
  • 10. Unemployment and its socio-demographic consequences – age, gender, ethnicity and class perspectives
  • 11. Non-standard paid work (spatial, temporal and contractual). Unpaid work – domestic and voluntary work in a gender perspective
  • 12. Work-life preferences and work-life balance within the framework of social and family policies
  • 13. Globalization and the transformation of paid and unpaid work – consequences for the Czech Republic. Final exam
    recommended literature
  • SMITH, Robert Stewart. Modern labor economics : theory and public policy. Edited by Ronald G. Ehrenberg. 11th ed. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012. xxi, 650. ISBN 9780132727655. 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
  • STRANGLEMAN, Tim and Tracey WARREN. Work and society : sociological approaches, themes and methods. 1st pub. Abingdon: Routledge, 2008. x, 344. ISBN 9780415336482. info
  • Social mobility in Europe. Edited by Richard Breen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. xx, 445. ISBN 0199258457. info
Teaching methods
The course is designed as a lecture-seminar format with core readings (mostly available in pdf format in IS). Each class is based on a careful reading of compulsory texts that will be discussed in-depth during the class.
Assessment methods
Grading consists of three parts: class participation (10 points), research paper (10 points), midterm (15 points) and final (15 points) exams (written tests). Both tests are based on compulsory readings. The familiarity with these texts is necessary to pass the course.
Points translate into the final grade according to this scheme: 45-50 points: A; 40-44 points: B; 35-39 points: C; 30-34 points: D; 25-29 points: E; 0-24 points: F
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016.
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