2023-2024 / SOCI0753-1

Sociology of employment and unemployment


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)6 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS) (work and study master)5 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management of organisational systems in transition)5 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in sociology and anthropology (60 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Master in education (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Jean-François Orianne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The Sociology of Employment course aims to train students in the sociological analysis of forms of employment and employment statutes

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students will be able to :

  • Identify the controversies in the literature
  • Understand the concepts, methodological principles and the many facets of research.
  • Apply these concepts and principles to the analysis of empirical cases
  • Establish links between different theoretical, methodological and empirical elements
  • Criticise or evaluate certain theoretical and/or normative positions
  • Produce a tightly worked argument on a theoretical question

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is highly recommended that students have followed an earlier course on introduction to sociology. If this is not the case, the student should attempt to catch up by reading a sociology manual, such as Orianne J.-F. (2019), Petit précis de théorie sociologique, De Boeck Supérieur, Paris/Bruxelles.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course, focus on the sociology of employment and unemployment, presents and is structured around three theoretical approaches: - the cognitive approach, centred on the reference systems of employment policies; - the institutional approach, open to international comparison between the different employment systems; - the pragmatic approach, which depends on the processes for implementing employment policies.

Recommended or required readings

In terms of didactic support, students will rely mainly on a set of texts compiled during classes

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

The assessment of the students' work will consist of an oral exam, based on the course

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Jean-François Orianne
Sociologie de l'action publique et des problèmes du travail
Bâtiment B31 / Bureau: 1.99
Tel: 04/366.30.49

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Sociology of Employment
Reading portfolio