SSJ38270 Inequality in the Lab Market

Academic Year 2023/2024

The purpose of this module is to understand and analyse the most important issues in relation to various types of inequalities on the labour market. In particular, the course will look at how gender, race, migration status, age, labour market status and other characteristics can contribute to existing inequalities in access to labour market and in the forms of employment. The course will also bring in the discussion about how political factors influence the processes of labour market segregation/segmentation/dualization, and, on the other hand, how the unequal working conditions or access to the labour market influence political views. The course will prioritize comparative perspective, as well as the EU and global inequalities context.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Show knowledge and understanding of the key elements of current economic and social policy in relation to labour market in comparative perspective.
2. Display an understanding of the impact of current labour policies on the situation and position of different societal groups in Ireland and beyond.
3. Show an ability to critically analyse public policy in an EU context in in comparative perspective.
4. Write a scholarly essay which is appropriate for Level 3 students.

Indicative Module Content:

The following topics will be discussed:
- various ways of studying and identifying inequality in the labour market
- gender inequality, care, and gendered division of labour
- insiders and outsiders on the labour market
- migration status/ethnicity and access to employment/working conditions
- dualization/segmentation of the labour market
- welfare state segmentation/bifurcation of social rights/social citizenship
- the politics of labour/trade unionism/class politics
- party politics and labour market dualization
- social investment/skills
- social mobility and labour market

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will be followed by discussions, group work, enquiry & problem-based learning; debates; case-based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay 2000 words. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: This will be a mid-term exam. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback generated to students after completion of the MCQ. Group feedback after submitting the end of term essay. Essay will base on the questions selected among the list distributed shortly before opening the possibility to submit the assignment (will take the form of a home-take exam).

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 25 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 24, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 09:00 - 10:50