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Globalisation and Labour SPS5012

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the core human dimension of the growth of the globalised economy: its impact on labour, meaning both employment for money wages, and the collective organisation of workers in trade unions. It relates the organisation, rewards and problems of labour - including class, gender and racial inequalities - to the competitive pressures of the integrated, globalised economy.


2 Hours per week over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry



Assessment will be through coursework which could include individual essay, class presentation and group work - total equivalent to 4000 words 

Course Aims

To examine changes in the organisation of work arising from globalisation, including migration of labour as well as capital.

To analyse the impact of globalisation on the conditions of labour, including monetary rewards and social benefits.

To explore the changing collective identities and institutions of workers in the globalised economy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this programme students will be able to understand and critically assess:

■ The role of business and employers in reshaping the organisation of labour in the globalised economy.

■ The role of national and supra-national authorities in regulating and de-regulating labour in the globalised economy.

■ The factors shaping and encouraging the migration of capital and employment in the globalised economy.

■ The factors shaping and inhibiting the migration of labour in the globalised economy.

■ Differences and divisions of class, gender and race in the experience of labour in the globalised economy.

■ The capacity of workers in the globalised economy to establish collective identities, institutions and interests.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply