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LUBS1765 Business and Society (Social Theory)

10 creditsClass Size: 71

Module manager: Vera Trappmann

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1755Business and Society (Combined)
LUBS1760Business and Society (Organisation Theory)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce the sociology of work. The module seeks to familiarise you with some of the most influential sociological theories and to evaluate their use of as conceptual tools for the analysis of contemporary change in work and organisations.You will practice a range of analytical, verbal written communication skill, group and teamwork, and personal organisation skills. As a result of attending and participating in this module, you should develop a more sophisticated appreciation of how we can understand management, work and organisations.


This module aims to introduce historical and contemporary ideas and theories about work and organisation and explore social theories to account for the development of capitalism and explain the evolution of most contemporary developments.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify founding theories of sociology of work
- Apply the concepts of the sociology of work by explaining historical and more recent developments in economic life as well as changes to organisational structures processes and practices
- Recognise, engage with and explain more contemporary debates within the sociology of work
- Critically appraise and compare different ideas

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Communicate in writing to an academic level


Indicative content
The founding theorists in the sociology of work (Marx, Weber and Durkheim) and contemporary developments in the sociology of work (labour process theory, post structuralism, feminism).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours69.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/09/2020


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