ASOK15635U Job Mismatches: When People Don't Fit Their Jobs
MA Research Methodology and Practice (MSc Curriculum 2015)
Welfare, Inequality and Mobility
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Creditstudents must be at master level
What does it mean if a person works a job that does not fit her
or him, and how does it come to that? The maybe best-known
phenomenon in this regard is overqualification, which is widely
accepted as costly challenge in Western countries.
Many highly qualified (immigrants) work at jobs that are far below their educational level. But the opposite phenomenon, underqualification, exists as well; a fair share of the less educated work at jobs that typically require more education than they have. Apart from education, there are further types of job mismatches. Some work at firms that have a work culture which is too competitive for their taste.
Others would like to work more or less hours a week than they are required to. The degree to which persons and fit may be unfitting is thus multi-dimensional. How do we measure job mismatches, how do they come about, and which socio-demographic groups are particularly likely to be mismatched? These and further questions will be tackled in this seminar.
- Overview of theoretical literature in the area of job mismatches, such as statistical discrimination theory or theory of non-cognitive skills.
- Overview of methods used in the literature on job-mismatches, such as correspondence tests, meta-analysis, multilevel models, panel regression.
- Students will be able to read and comprehend advanced analyses of job mismatches.
- Students will be able assess research designs and evaluate their pitfalls and strengths.
- Students should be able to formulate own ideas about how job mismatches come about.
- Students should be able to formulate own ideas about the consequences of job mismatches.
- Students should be able to propose research designs to test their ideas and hypotheses about drivers of job mismatches.
- Students should be able to write an empirical study.
- Students should be able to give brief presentations of advanced research results.
Readings are comprised primarily of peer-reviewed journal articles. The syllabus will consist of roughly 700 pages of reading.
I give structured feedback to student presentations, drafts of the final paper and to the final paper. Moreover, students get informal feedback to their ideas and arguments during class discussions.
Registration deadline for courses is June 1 for Autumn semester
and December 1 for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
International exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form: course registration.
Credit students: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual/group.
A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages.
For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
Credit students must be at master level.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Submission dates and time will be available at KUnet, www.kunet.dk. Exchange students and danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
At re-exam, the form of examination is the same as ordinary exam.
If the form of examination is ”active participation” the re-examination form is always “free written take-home essay
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome.
- Course Preparation
- Exam Preparation