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  • Teacher Marco Trentini

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Science Of Lifelong Educational Processes (cod. 8780)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Decent work and economic growth

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows the main concepts and theoretical approaches for the organizational analysis; - knows the main concepts for the analysis of professions, jobs, and tasks; - knows and can understand the features of the Italian labour market; - can analyze the transformations of work in contemporary society; - knows how to analyze the processes of work organizations; - knows how to analyze the processes of socialization in organizational contexts.

Course contents

Referring to the main concepts and topics of the sociology of labour (the division of labour, the job contents, the analysis of the labour market, etc.) and sociology of organization (the structure, the environment, the culture, etc.), the focus will be on the following topics:

- the changes in the organisation of work in the manufacturing and the services sector;

- the organisational innovation;

- the changes in the labour market;

- the consequences of new forms of organisation of production on industrial relations and in particular on the labour movement.


For all (attending and not), one of the following two books:

Rossi, P., (2019), L'innovazione organizzativa. Forme, contesti e implicazioni sociali, Carocci, Roma


Semenza, R., (2018), Manuale di sociologia del lavoro. Nuova edizione, Utet,Torino


and one of the following two books:

Barrett, F.J. (2016), Disordine armonico. Leadership e jazz, EGEA, Milano


Ritzer, G. (2019), La McDonaldizzazione del mondo nella società digitale, FrancoAngeli, Milano


Silver, B.J., (2008), Le forze del lavoro. Movimenti operai e globalizzazione dal 1870, Bruno Mondadori, Milano








Teaching methods

Lectures and classroom discussions.



Assessment methods

The exam is written with 2 open-ended questions (60 minutes). The questions aim above all at verifying the acquisition of the knowledge and the application of knowledge, the ability to understand and think critically. The exam will be assessed taking into account the above-mentioned aspects as well as the organisation and completeness of the content.

To take the exam, students must register in Alma Esami. https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm. Please note that for written exam registrations close one week before the exam date.

Teaching tools

Slides available in teaching resources on Virtuale.


Office hours

See the website of Marco Trentini