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Digital capital work


Monday, 3 February 2020 to Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Total hours: 20
Hours of lectures: 20

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


The seminar aims to conceptually and theoretically define what is currently meant by "digital capitalism" and "Industry 4.0", analyzing the different transformations concerning economic and labor processes in the new cycle of application of digital technologies (Big Data, cloud computing, algorithms, Internet of things, machine learning, and Artificial intelligence) to production and services, as well as the consequences of these processes on work, the new forms of collective organization and mobilization by workers, and politics. In particular, the seminar will focus on the following themes: definitions of digital capitalism; interpretations of digital work; the formation of economic value in digital capitalism; algorithms and hierarchical structures in the new business models; automation 4.0, artificial intelligence and work; workers' mobilizations in platform capitalism; mobilizations in the food delivery sector (riders) and Amazon; the role of trade unions in digital capitalism and Industry 4.0.