Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 25.03.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Inês Peixoto (, Tiina Taipale (, Eeva Houtbeckers (

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV 2018-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In the course, we watch and make films in order to observe, evaluate, and discuss different ways of organizing work, working life, and labour markets. The course raises awareness of different ways of portraying work and labour in films. Students learn to identify ideologies and stereotypes in the representations of work and everyday work practices. In addition, students learn to argue their own perspectives through class discussions, reflections, and film making.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course has four main aims. First, we use films to illuminate work, working life, and labour markets and related social phenomena. Second, we unpack how films portray and construct social reality with the support of social sciences theories. Third, students learn to evaluate and examine social developments related to work and labour in societies. Fourth, students develop their creativity and reflexivity through film making.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The course covers the following themes:

- Industrialization, paid-work and modernization

- Labour movements and organizational democracy

- Globalization and contemporary ways of working

For more detailed description of themes and films see Screenings and sessions schedule 

Each session/week consists of pre-readings (academic text, short film, etc.), screening a film (or films), and discussions after the screening.  After each screening, students are asked to hand in an individual reflection (max. 2 pages).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Attending sessions
Handing in assignments

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Assessment: Pass/Fail

Assessment methods and criteria:

1. Handing in assignments in time 

  • Pre-assigment (200 words)
  • Individual written reflections (1-2 pages after each screening)
  • One individual visual reflection for the workshop (max. 3 minutes of unedited material)
  • Group assignments (2 short descriptions of the short film process)
  • The short film (max. 15 minutes)

2. Attending 

  • the Introductory session (7.1.)
  • 4 out of 5 of the film screenings (14.1., 21.1., 28.1., 11.2., 25.2.)
  • the Workshop (4.2.)
  • the Working Films Festival (the screening of student group's short films 25.3.)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 32 h
Independent work 130 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Materials indicated in the syllabus

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The reading materials will be announced in the syllabus and made available on MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

UWAS-C0021 Organizing, Work and Economy Through Film

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.


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