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Postgraduate Course: Labour Market Policy: International and Comparative Perspectives (PGSP11304)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionLabour market policies have been a fast growing sphere of state activity in developed countries in recent decades, and are being implemented increasingly widely throughout transition and emerging economies too. This course provides a thorough overview of these policy instruments and strategies that are deployed to protect particular working-age individuals from economic risks while supporting the efficient functioning of the labour market. Policies covered by the course include classic labour market interventions such as employment protection regulations, unemployment benefits and so-called active labour market policies, as well as newer instruments of labour market policy such as benefit conditionality, negative income taxes and reforms to public employment services. The course will focus in particular on the systematic comparison of policies across countries, the costs and benefits of alternative policy approaches and mixes, and the economic and political drivers of labour market policy development across the world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will
- Have a thoroughgoing knowledge of the range policy instruments through which governments intervene to protect working-age individuals from economic risks
- Be able to systematically compare a range of labour market policies across national contexts, based on a critical awareness of the advantages and limitations of alternative policy indicators
- Be able to read, and engage critically with, the evidence from individual- and aggregate-level evaluations of labour market policy interventions
- Understand the socio-political and economic determinants of labour market policy variation and change
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed through one 2000 word course paper (50% of total grade), selected from a range of titles provided, and one 2000 word Country Report (50% of total grade), in which students will be expected to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the existing labour market policy framework in a country of their choice and bring forward relevant policy recommendations.
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Introduction
1. Labour Market Policy: Evaluation, Comparison, Understanding
2. Employment, Non-Employment and the State: Evolving Relationships
Traditional Instruments of Labour Market Policy
3. Unemployment and other Working-Age Benefits
4. Employment Protection Legislation
5. Job Subsidies
6. Training Programmes
New Strategies in Labour Market Policy
7. 'Making Work Pay'
8. Activation and Benefit Conditionality
9. Reforming the Governance and Delivery of Labour Market Policy
10. Policy Complementarities and the Labour Market Policy Mix
Transferable skills Weekly student presentations (weeks 3-9) will enable students to develop transferable skills in cooperative group work, and the synthesis and presentation of policy evaluation evidence. One of the components of assessment (the 'Country Report') will enable students to develop their skills in the synthetic description and analysis of information for policy audiences.
Reading list Auer, P. et al. (2005) Active Labour Market Policies Around the World; Coping with the Consequences of Globalisation, Geneva, ILO
Boeri, T. and Van Ours, J. (2008) The Economics of Imperfect Labour Markets, Princeton: Princeton University Press
Clasen, J. and Clegg, D. (eds.) (2011) Regulating the Risk of Unemployment: National Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Eichhorst, W. et al. (eds.) (2008) Bringing the Jobless Into Work? Berlin: Springer
Koning, J. de (ed.) (2007) The Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Daniel Clegg
Course secretaryMiss Jodie Fleming
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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