Classic Readings in Working Life Science
Course content and form
The course will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of key readings in Working Life Science, the broader academic context in which they are located and the influence they have had. The course will explore the theoretical and methodological implications of classic readings for contemporary working life science issues and the candidate’s own studies. Following an introductory session, five classic readings, including Burawoys’s Manufacturing Consent, Blauner’s Alienation and Freedom and Edwards’ Contested Terrain, will be studied in fortnightly sessions over a 10 week period.
After completing the course the doctoral student should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of classic debates within Working Life Science
- Evaluate the influence of these classic debates on contemporary issues in Working Life Science
- Evaluate the potential utility of classic debates in their own studies
Assessment for the course will take the form of a written assignment that relates a classic debate within Working Life Science to their own thesis. Preparation for, and active participation in, fortnightly seminars is a course requirement.