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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we explore the ever-shifting terrain of 21st century work. From big data and artificial intelligence, to the gig economy and the work-life collision, the nature and experience of work is changing rapidly. These wide-ranging socio-economic, cultural and technological changes have sparked debate about what we want the future of work to look like: Should we introduce universal basic income? Are there some jobs we shouldn't allow machines to do? In this subject we consider these questions about the future of work, investigate the current state of work, and look back to better understand the shift from industrial capitalism to a post-industrial society. We also reflect on the idea of vocation, the relationship between work and self-identity, and navigating careers in an era when work pathways are less linear and more 'flexible'.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWritten work and class/online discussions that demonstrate the appropriate skills

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 45 credit points of Level 1 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify some of the key characteristics of 21st century work
02. Critically analyse a representation of work in the 21st century
03. Communicate effectively in a small group setting
04. Write a clearly structured, well-researched and well-presented essay
05. Demonstrate use of appropriate academic citation and referencing protocols

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