Education and Employment

Objectives and competences :
Students will deepen their knowledge about some key concepts concerning the changed role and significance of education and investment in human resources as regards employment and allocation to jobs. The focus is put on contents exposing the importance of structural contexts in valuing of educational outcomes and investment in education ; special emphasis is given to globalisation processes and their outcomes. Relations to other subjects in the programme are taken into account. The emphasis is given to the development of competences for the analytical thinking and for the synthesis of knowledge with the knowledge obtained in other courses, and to the application of knowledge.

Contents of the course :
Economic and technological development, social changes and changes in educational and qualification requirements of work : the development of the post-industrial society as "knowledge society" and related changes in educational and qualification requirements of work (qualification upgrading hypothesis vs. dequalification hypothesis, changes in the content of qualifications ; globalisation processes and knowledge as a key factor of competitiveness ("new" workplace", the development of new basic skills vs. basic skills) ; Education and qualifications and outcomes produced in the labour market - the role of education in job matching processes : meritocracy vs. credentialism in the matching processes ; general vs. vocational qualifications ; organisation and institutional arrangement of the labour market and the role of education in the access to the labour market positions (labour market segmentation, industrial relations - open and closed positions, trade unions) ; Organisation of the education systems and the position of educational outcomes in employment systems ; educational mismatch - overeducation ; education and training in EU and national employment policies. Changes in educational systems in Europe as a response to the changing needs of economy for education and qualifications - European and national level : shared responsibility for the development and investment in education and training between state, economy and individuals ; the development of competences and general/key qualifications ; improvement of access to education of underrepresented groups ; transparency of qualifications ; linking work and learning ; lifelong learning and EU and national strategies for its realisation ; equity and equality in (adult) education. Some issues concerning investment of employers in education and qualifications of the employed : improvement of the workplace literacy ; identification and steering of training needs of the employed ; investment in general and job/organisation specific skills ; motivation mechanisms to increase the investment in education and learning of employers and employees. Evaluation of effects of investment in education and learning at the individual, organisational and national levels.

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