Netherlands, Nijmegen

Struggles for Citizenship at Work-Contemporary Perspectives

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 600

This course has three main objectives: 1) to introduce students to the classic theories and models of citizenship at work (also called industrial citizenship) and worker collective mobilization; 2) to evaluate how these theories and models fit with the contemporary work environment; and 3) to investigate citizenship gaps and mobilization strategies of contemporary workers. In meeting these objectives, students will first gain foundational knowledge about worker rights, the regulation of work and the strategies that workers use to gain a voice in the regulation of their work. This will be accomplished through pre-course readings that will be revisited in class through both instructor- and student-led presentations and discussion. This knowledge will include how the nature of work in (primarily) industrialized countries has changed, theories of workplace citizenship/citizenship at work and theories of worker mobilization.

Next, students will gain practical knowledge and critical thinking skills through an in-class assignment that will apply the foundational knowledge and theory. Specifically, students will use academic literature and online sources to identify gaps in the citizenship rights of workers at a contemporary workplace/industry (of their choice) and assess whether the mobilization efforts of workers are helping to close those gaps. To prepare students for this integrative and applied thinking, the instructor will first lead the class in a collective examination of citizenship gaps and mobilization efforts of video game developers. This case study will form a model for the students’ individual assignments. Students will present their mini case studies to the class to increase our practical knowledge about real worker struggles and deepen our understanding of the theoretical concepts. To build on the international experience of the summer school, students will be encouraged throughout our discussions and in their assignment to bring forward examples from their own experiences, country or region. This will deepen our collective understanding of the social, legal, economic and political factors as well as the individual and collective characteristics (i.e., gender, ethnicity, origins, class) that shape the accordance of workplace citizenship and worker rights and ultimately determine whether a worker is a citizen of their workplace.

Course leader

Johanna Weststar, Associate Professor
DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies
Western University

Dr. Johanna Weststar is an Associate Professor in the DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies, an Adjunct Profess

Target group

• Master
• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

Suitable for graduate students and post-docs with backgrounds in political science, sociology, economics, political economy, law, employment relations, labour studies, or management who have an interest in taking a critical and worker-centric approach to understanding the world of work. Suitable also for world of work practitioners such as worker organizers or union representatives.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Define the theoretical elements of workplace citizenship and evaluate the degree of citizenship in modern workplaces.
2. Identify the factors that can influence the nature and degree of workplace citizenship accorded to any given worker.
3. Analyse worker strategies to gain workplace citizenship through a comparison of recent organizing efforts in contemporary industries.
4. Be practiced in hands-on learning approaches including discussions, case studies, and presentations.

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540 early bird discount- deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 510 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 450 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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