Work and Leisure

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Work and Leisure

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Work and Leisure is a generic course which will widen your knowledge base and be beneficial to the study of future sociology courses you may choose to complete. We deal with the sociology basics as well as the more sophisticated concepts. Previous completion of 2139LHS Politics and Power, will be helpful to you, but it is not compulsory.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course looks at how theories of work and leisure manifest within local, national and global contexts. We look at how compatible, or incompatible, what we know of work and leisure is with what we know about life balance and well-being. Are we getting optimum results from work and leisure that benefit us all? Some groups in society do not believe that we are getting equal opportunities to work and play so we explore control and resistance at work alongside workplace activism and disadvantage in the workplace. Independent variables - gender, ethnicity, disability, age, etc - impact on us as workers but how does the workplace cope with this diversity? Also how does work and leisure fit with the needs of partners and families? Our aim is to look at these questions analytically and seek solutions that use a range of critical sociological and historical studies to do this. These include some texts that will refer to conventions such as case studies, empirically based work, memory, narrative and interpretation.

    Course Introduction
    This course aims to help you understand the nature of industrial sociology through seeing the power relations that underlie the politics of Work and Leisure. This can be done from a number of perspectives – conservative, liberal, radical, post structuralist, Marxist, - these will be open to you to choose from. These perspectives all aim to give their own slant on where power lies in relations of work and leisure at the local, national and transnational levels. Your job is to find out which is the most reasonable thinking and then to test it.

    The objective of the course is to help you to think critically about the sociological structures that frame your everyday life of work and leisure.

    The learning outcome that you will acquire doing Work and Leisure is a greater understanding of the politics of life in Australia as it becomes more integrated into a global economy. You will feel an increased confidence in your ability to address knowledgably debate and carryout conversations on current political affairs with your peers, family and friends.

    The political economy research skills that you will acquire here will assist you if you want to go on and do a PhD in sociology, or find government work connected within state or federal departments, or if you decide that you want to go into politics as a political candidate. We currently have at least one MP who is a graduate from this type of course.

    Course Aims
    This unit aims to help you understand Work and Leisure through a sociological lens. This can be done from a number of perspectives - functionalist, interpretivist, Marxist, poststructuralist. You will be introduced to these perspectives and use them to investigate questions of work and leisure in contemporary Australian life.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the worlds of work and leisure and the relationship between these worlds.
    2. Apply theories to problems of work and leisure.
    3. Exercise generic skills in the area of research, analysis and critical evaluation, problem solving and written communication.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.