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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP4061317, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge DEVI SACCHETTO SPS/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Optional SPS/09 Sociology of Economics and Labour 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 SACCHETTO DEVI (Presidente)
GAMBINO FERRUCCIO (Membro Effettivo)
4 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SACCHETTO DEVI (Presidente)
GAMBINO FERRUCCIO (Membro Effettivo)
SEMENZIN MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: For students with little knowledge of the sociology of work, we recommend to read Mingione E., Pugliese E., Il lavoro, Carocci (various editions). In English you can read: Edgell S., Gottfried H., Granter E. (eds.), The Sage handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, 2016, Sage, London.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will study both the main labour transformations in the global society and the methods to analyze this different situations. Students will also develop the ability to apply theories and methods in relation to concrete case studies.
Examination methods: At the end of the course the first exam will be written for all students attending and not attending. All subsequent exams will be oral. The 90-minute written exam consists 5 questions. The students should answer to 3 of these questions. The oral exam consists in the discussion of the topics dealt during the course and/or analyze in the books.
The written and oral exams aim to verify the acquisition of the fundamental knowledge of the labour market and the labour migration at international level.

Attending students will be able to take intermediate assessment tests that will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

To be considered attending, you need to attend at least 75% of the lessons.
Assessment criteria: The text will be evaluated on the basis of: knowledge of the concepts of the topics; ability to develop autonomously the theories related to the different social and work phenomena.
Course unit contents: The aim of the course is to illustrate the main theoretical contributions to the study of labour process at international level. During the lecture we will discuss labour migration - and the related theoretical approaches - which have historically contributed to transforming labour processes globally. Furthermore, we will analyse the global network production and the repercussion of this system in local labor markets and migratory processes. In particular, we will deploy the consequences of global production network and miration processes looking to the segmentation of workforce and to the specific tasks. The production of goods is a multi-dimensional social process that includes labour relations and the social reproduction of the workforce. Special attention will therefore be given to issues of power and subjectivity as key elements to be investigated. These topocs will be analyse starting from the intersectionality of gender, citizenship, skin color and class.

The course is divided into two parts: in the first part a synthetic reconstruction of economic globalization is discussed, focusing on phenomena such as migration processes, global production, the role of the institutions, changes in the tasks, the working movement and working struggle. In this first part, the increasing multiplication of labour will be highlighte.
The second part of the course is dedicated to specific in-depth studies on the basis of both ongoing research and specific seminars.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During lectures students will be asked to discuss and take part actively. We will organize also some seminars with other researchers.

In the "e-learning" of the university website power points and other material related to the topics dealt with in the lessons will be uploaded.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending and not attending students must study on the following texts:
S. Chignola, D. Sacchetto (a cura di), Le reti del valore, Derive Approdi, Roma, 2017
Pun Ngai, Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, Morire per un iPhone, Jaca book, 2015

Not Attending students must also select one of these books:
Alberti G., Sacchetto D., Vianello A. F. (2017) “Spazio e tempo nei processi produttivi e riproduttivi”, Sociologia del lavoro (Special Issue), vol. 146 (all papers. Students can download all papers from Political Science library).
Rasera M., Sacchetto D. (2018) (a cura di), Cinèsi tra le maglie del lavoro, Franco Angeli, Milano.
Benvegnù C., Iannuzzi F. (2018) (a cura di), Forme del lavoro contemporaneo, Ombre corte, Verona

Students without knowledge of Italian language could study on volumes in other languages. They should take contact by email with the Professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chignola S., Sacchetto D. (a cura di), Le reti del valore. Produzione, migrazioni e governo della crisi. Roma: Derive Approdi, 2017.
  • Pun Ngai, Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, Morire per un iPhone. Milano: Jaca Book, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Alberti G., Sacchetto D., Vianello A. F., Spazio e tempo nei processi produttivi e riproduttivi (numero speciale della rivista). Sociologia del lavoro vol. 146: Angeli, 2017.
  • Benvegnù C., Iannuzzi F. (a cura di), Forme del lavoro contemporaneo. Verona: Ombre Corte, 2018.
  • Rasera M., Sacchetto D. (a cura di), Cinèsi tra le maglie del lavoro. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2018.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities