Employment Creation and Decent Work Code Weight of the course Period Course Leader Lecturer Teaching Methods Exam Contact ISS-4224 8 ECTS TERM 2 Rolph van der Hoeven Rolph van der Hoeven, Roy Huijsmans, Freek Schiphorst, Karin Astrid Siegmann Participatory Lectures, Workshop Assignment(s): 45%, Presentation: 10%, Written examiniation: 45% Tanya Kingdon Learning Objectives At the end of this course, students are able to • Identify causal channels for how global economic integration and structural adjustment policies have influenced the availability of productive employment, incomes and decent work; • Understand the impact of the labour market’s regulatory framework and targeted policy measures on labour market outcomes; • Distinguish major processes that lead to the marginalization of various societal groups, such as women, youth and migrants, in the labour market and identify adequate policy responses; • Apply the knowledge imparted about the indirect and direct factors influencing employment generation and decent work to the labour market analysis of individual country case studies Course description This course provides an introduction to indirect major factors and targeted policies influencing the availability of productive employment under decent working conditions. The course is interdisciplinary with economic and sociological perspectives of labour. The focus of the course is on the national level, but the issues it deals with span both the context of a growing globalization and interlinkages between different markets as well as the role of informal institutions, such as social norms, for productive and decent job opportunities. This focus implies that, after reviewing global economic trends and their implications for the availability of productive employment and decent working conditions in Block 1, the course will look in detail at the flanking role of national policies and labour market institutions (Block 2). Block 3 is devoted to important policies for employment creation and the guarantee of decent working conditions and regulation that provides a social floor to the labour market and Block 4 takes a detailed look at labour market discrimination faced by a variety of societal groups. Subsequently, in Block 5, selected country examples will be reviewed. Indicative Readings Ocampo, J.A. and Jomo, S.K. eds. (2007) Towards full and decent employment. London: Zed Books.(obligatory) Auer, P., Ü. Efendioðlu and J. Leschke, eds (2005) Active labour market policies around the world. Geneva: ILO. Bourdillon, M., D. Levison, W. Myers and B. White (2010) The Rights and Wrongs of Children's Work. New Brunswick, New Jersey, London: Rutgers University Press. Hart, G. (2002) ‘Reworking Apartheid Legacies. Global Competition, Gender and Social Wages in South Africa, 1980 -2000’. Social Policy and Development Programme Paper. Geneva: UNRISD. Van der Hoeven, R., ed. (2011) Employment, Inequality and Globalization, A Continuous Concern. London: Routledge.