Barcelona, Spain

Precarious Work and Mental Health: a Global Agenda for Research and Policy

when 8 July 2024 - 12 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 150

Working can be a fulfilling, healthy, meaningful, and even enjoyable activity, but it can also turn into an unbearable ordeal that makes us sick and can even lead to our demise. Many workers fruitlessly strive to secure decent and fair employment, which is now quite scarce, and find themselves compelled to take on one or several precarious jobs that affect their health and their lives. Living precariously means leading an uncertain life, being more fragile, aging prematurely, and dying prematurely. At the same time, the existence of a vast army of the unemployed generates a social fear of being replaced. The blackmail of necessity forces one to accept employment for a subsistence-level salary (or less), with harmful working conditions. Using a transdisciplinary integrated approach, this course aims to provide a comprehensive integrated diagnosis, enabling students to understand the causes and the relationship between job insecurity and mental health. Additionally, it seeks to enhance students' understanding of the processes involved in the formulation of public policies.

Course leader

Joan Benach, Ferran Muntané, and Julián Martínez

Target group

Undergraduated students (Sophomore, Junior and Senior)

Fee info

EUR 150: Registration fee (non refundable)
EUR 550: Tuition fee (non refundable)


Non UPF students from universities with an international exchange partnership with UPF will be exempt of paying the 150€ non refundable registration fee.