Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3147: Politics of Work

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Harry Pitts (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The past decade of populism, pandemic, automation panics and inflationary pressures has put work and workers firmly back into the political conversation, reflecting broader societal and electoral cleavages and realignments. Contrasting experiences of workplace change, technological shifts, industrial transformation and labour market opportunities mean that work is as much a divider as a unifier in contemporary politics. Meanwhile, weakened institutional infrastructures for governing work leave politicians and policymakers struggling to keep pace with the rapid fragmentation and reshaping of employment in the context of technological and economic ruptures. This module explores these different dimensions of the present-day politics of work in contemporary Britain.

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