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Undergraduate Course: Labour Market Policy in Europe (SCPL10028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLabour market policies have become an increasingly important area of social policy activity in European welfare states in recent decades, and have also become a key area of policy intervention and coordination by the European Union. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the policy instruments and strategies that are deployed across Europe to protect particular working-age individuals from economic risks while simultaneously underpinning the efficient functioning of the labour market. Policies covered in the course include classic labour market interventions such as employment protection regulations, unemployment benefits and active labour market policies, as well as newer instruments of labour market policy, such as in-work benefits or negative income taxes and reforms to public employment services. The course will focus in particular on the systematic comparison of policies across the member states of the European Union, the costs and benefits of alternative policy approaches and mixes, and the socio-economic and political drivers of labour market policy stability and change in Europe.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Social Policy or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a thoroughgoing knowledge of the range policy instruments through which governments intervene to protect working-age individuals from economic risks
  2. systematically compare a range of labour market policies across national contexts in Europe, based on a critical awareness of the advantages and limitations of alternative policy indicators
  3. read, and engage critically with, the evidence from individual- and aggregate-level evaluations of labour market policy interventions
  4. understand the socio-political and economic determinants of labour market policy variation and change
Reading List
Beer, P de and Schills, T. (eds.) (2009) The Labour Market Triangle: Employment Protection, Unemployment Compensation and Activation in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Betzelt, S. and Bothfeld, S. (eds.) (2011) Activation and Labour Market Reforms in Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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

Fraser, N., Guttierez, R. and Pena-Casas, R. (eds.) (2011) Working Poverty in Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Freedland, M. et al. (2007) Public Employment Services and European Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and 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.
KeywordsLabour Market Policies,Europe,Comparative
Course organiserDr Daniel Clegg
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Stroud
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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