Task: Analysis of Contemporary Media Reporting on the World of Work
Students will choose four media articles discussed in four different tutorials between week 2-12 and complete a template (see Canvas) for each individual article which asks them to:
*Identify the key ideas presented in the media article as they relate to concepts of work and employment raised in course lectures and readings;
*Identify the benefits and/or challenges workers confront in the article, and how these connect with the course readings for the topic;
*Reflect as a manager or policy maker and explain how appreciating worker interests as identified in the media report might contribute to certain actions by you to address it.
Assessment criteria will be:
- Ability to identify the main issues/arguments presented in the media articles
- Ability to identify the different concepts and perspectives on the changing future of work and how they can be applied to understand the issues raised in the media article.
- Ability to clearly and concisely respond to the questions presented in the assignment template.
- Ability to reflect as a manager or policy maker and explain how appreciating worker interests as identified in the media report might contribute to certain actions to address it.
Week 5 Media article: https://theconversation.com/why-bosses-should-let-employees-surf-the-web-at-work-128444
Sayer, Andrew (2007) ‘Dignity at Work: Broadening the Agenda’ Organization 14 (4): 565-581. Link
Lucas, Kristin (2017) Workplace Dignity in Scott, C. and Lewis, L (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Organisational Communication. John Wiley and Sons: 1-13 Link (Links to an external site.) Lucas-2017WorkplaceDignityauthorcopy (1).pdf download
Spicer, A. and Fleming, P. (2016) ‘Resisting the 24/7 Work Ethic: Shifting Modes of Regulation and Refusal in Organized Employment’ in Courpasson, D. and Vallas, S. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Resistance. London: Sage Publications: 121-136. Link
Week 8 Media article: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54654813
- Huang, S. and Yeoh, B. (2003) ‘The Difference Gender Makes: State Policy and Contract Migrant Workers in Singapore’ Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 12 (1-2): 75-97 (Links to an external site.).
- Ong, Y (2014) ‘Singapore’s Phantom Workers’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 44(3): 443-463.
- Yea, S and Chok, S (2018) ‘Unfreedom Unbound: Developing a Cumulative Approach to Understanding Unfree Labour in Singapore’, Work, Employment and Society, 32(5): 925-941.
Week 10 Media article: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/cambodian-garment-workers-struggle-after-eu-withdraws-trade-perks
- Natsuda, K., Goto, K. and Thoburn, J. (2010) ‘Challenges to the Cambodian garment industry in the global garment value chain’ European Journal of Development Research 22: 469-493 (Links to an external site.).
- Yu, X. (2015) ‘Upholding labour standards through corporate social responsibility policies in China’ Global Social Policy, 15 (2): 167-187 (Links to an external site.).
- Compa, L. (2008) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Workers’ Rights’, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 30 (1): 1-10. (Links to an external site.)
- ILO (2018) ‘ILO and Singapore moving forward to promote decent work in South East Asia’, ILO, https://www.ilo.org/asia/media-centre/news/WCMS_631487/lang–en/index.htm