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LUBS1125 Economic Institutions (Labour)

10 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Meenakshi Sarkar

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on the key labour market actors – the state, employers and trade unions and considers social processes in the world of politics and business relevant to the world of work. It includes the analysis of the labour market changes and the politics of employment relations. It includes such relevant subjects as the political dimension of employment relations (employer-unions’ conflicts and resolutions, employer workplace strategies) as well as such more specific issues as migration from Central Eastern Europe and its impact on the UK labour market.


The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to study the world of work from an explicitly interdisciplinary perspective. It uses theoretical constructs and empirical evidence developed in the sociology of work, industrial relations, labour economics and political science in studying contemporary employment relations.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify and outline the role played by institutional actors in the labour market
- Recognise the significance of the state, trade unions and employers in shaping the employment relationship
- Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge in analysing such processes as labour migration and the polarisation of pay
- Use theoretical knowledge and empirical evidence in interpreting labour market and employment related issues
- Identify structural causes of conflict in the workplace

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- Apply scholarly knowledge to relevant business issues


Indicative content
Coverage of concepts and theories underpinning the study of work: the employment relationship; the roles of the state, trade unions and employers; low pay, the National Minimum Wage (NMW), Living Wage and high pay. Central Eastern European migration and the role of the labour market actors.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

This is a time-limited paper, where students will receive a set of questions, and have 48 hours to complete two of them (1000 word limit each). The resit for this module will be 100% by 2,000 word coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2022


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