COLS offers you a sociological perspective on the organisation of work processes, the functioning of modern labour markets and the governance of organisations that form the locus of employment.
The Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies programme provides you with a broad foundation of sociological theory and research training with a specific focus on the organisation of work in contemporary societies. During this programme, you will study the modern world of work at various levels: * the micro-level (e.g. workplace practices and human resource management); * the meso level (e.g. employment relations or the governance of firms); * and the macro level (e.g. bargaining between trade unions and employers associations, and the structure of labour market institutions and welfare states). The programme gives you a comparative perspective on institutional diversity (i.e. examining how rules and regulations differ between countries as well as within countries). It stimulates you as a student to apply a sociological perspective in your work, based on thorough scientific research, placing labour processes in a broader societal context.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
This programme starts in September.
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodoloy. In the second semester, students start with a second elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. Throughout the academic year students are enrolled for a lecture series, preparing students for the labour market.
The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis (23 ECTS credits). Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.
Students who need to complete a preparatory programme will require more time, the amount of which will depend on the extra requirements to be fulfilled.
The Master's thesis (23 ECTS credits) is a report on research that focuses on a topic in the field of Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies, in which theoretical insights and the analysis of empirical data are integrated. It is carried out by the students under the supervision of two faculty members. The subject of the thesis is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The thesis should be between 16,000 and 24,000 words.
The Master of Science degree (60 ECTS) is awarded only after successful completion of both the course requirements and the Master's thesis.
Previous education: Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided that they meet the entry requirements as specified.
Language test: All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. Applicants who are nationals of or who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in countries other than the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify you from enrollment.
Additional subject: Applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of sociological theory (or the equivalent) of at least 30 ECTS at least, earned during previous education. 6 ECTS of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of comparative organisation and labour studies.
Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS during previous study.
Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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