Singapore University of Social Sciences

Why Work? (SCO113)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


The nature of work and our perceptions of work have changed considerably with globalisation and technological advancements. Not only have many traditional jobs been phased out or substituted by automation, but also jobs created in the new economy need to adapt to flexible work hours, multiple and borderless work locations, contingent employment (e.g. contract work and freelancing), and a consideration of the impact of work on the community and environment. This course brings students through the changing nature and design of work, and to a consideration of the future of work, and allows them to reflect on the significance of work and labour, with a focus on the context of Singapore and the ASEAN region.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Organisation of Work
  • Evolution in Social Contracts
  • Emerging Forms of Work
  • Employment, Underemployment and Unemployment
  • Dehumanisation of Work
  • Equality and Work

Learning Outcome

  • Outline the evolving nature and design of work and workplace.
  • Show the differences between work and labour.
  • State the impacts of technology and globalisation on the nature and design of work.
  • Explain the effects of work.
  • Discuss the value of work.
  • Describe the nature and perception of work in local contexts.
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