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Sociology: Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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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.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

First semester
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is specific to 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. Various courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
During the semester students will also follow a course in Labour Market Orientation, preparing them fo


instruction modes

Lectures, seminars, study visits, independent research.

job perspective

Specific career examples from alumni of the Comparative Organisation and Labour Studies programme are:

* Consultant at Andersson Elffers Felix (AEF)
* Trade union secretaries for the largest German trade union federation Verdi
* HR manager at the Hay group in London
* Research positions at the Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
* PhD trajectory funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO)
* Research positions at the Cultureel Planbureau (CPB)

The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for a PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60