400145 :Onderwijs, arbeid en beleid
(Education, Labor and Policy)

General info

Instruction language Dutch
Type of Instruction lectures and (compulsory) seminars (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written exam with open-end questions (70%), individual written assignments (20%) and an individual bid assignment (10%). (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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dr. I.J.P. Sieben (Coördinator)


After the course, students know how to:

  1. Explicate what the most important theories (such as the cultural reproduction theory) are with respect to the sociological problem of social inequality, and the themes education and labour in particular, and elaborate on these theories in their own words.
  2. Draw conclusions on these theories based on existing empirical research.
  3. Use these theories to explain unequal chances in education and labour.
  4. Relate these theories to policy on unequal chances in education and labour.
  5. Evaluate policy on unequal chances in education and labour.
  6. Give recommendations for policy research on unequal chances in education and labour.


This course fits in the learning track "inequality" of the Sociology bachelor program and focuses on research (questions of descriptive and explanatory nature) and policy implications on two important dimensions of social inequality in our society: educational inequality and labour inequality. Examples are the impact of parents on their children's educational attainment and the inequality between men and women on the labour market. Students follow lectures and seminars. The lecture provides an introduction to a specific theme. For the seminar, students prepare written assignments which will be discussed in the seminar. In addition, all stages of the policy process will be addressed in the seminars, and students will practice applying theories and empirical research to this process. In a final assignment, students write a bid for a policy research. A written exam closes the course.

Compulsory Reading

  1. Journal articles and book chapters; literature list will be made available on BB

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