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Economic Sociology. Sociology of labour movements.


Tuesday, 5 May 2020 to Thursday, 4 June 2020
Total hours: 20
Hours of lectures: 20

Examination procedure

  • Written test


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"


Labour movements have been seen for over 30 years as in decline. The module will revisit the theories of labour movement decline by reconsidering the definition of labour movement (not only as formal trade unions) and enlarging the perspective from western industrialised societies. It will cover sociological, political, economic and historical theories of the labour movements and test them against specific empirical puzzles such as trends in strikes, organising of labour market outsiders, and political role of trade unions. It will include in-depth sessions on particularly significant historical cases of labour movement and their recent evolutions, such as German unions and works councils, the Solidarity movement in Poland, and labour protests in China.