Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


• Understand and be able to discuss the structural drivers impacting work, organisations and leadership
• Evaluate and analyse changing organisations and work cultures
• Apply your understanding of how cognition should change and identify relevant work-life competences
• Create sustainable individual and organisational work

Credits: 2

Schedule: 15.02.2021 - 31.07.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Laura Sivula, Hertta Vuorenmaa

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Laura Sivula

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

englanti ja suomi
English and Finnish


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Chapter 1: How is work changing
    What do we talk about when we talk about the changing nature of work? In this chapter, we look at history and how work has changed from the industrial revolution until today. We look at the ongoing change which affects the individual, organisation and society.

    Section 1: Historical overview (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 2: Overview of the fourth industrial revolution (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 3: Key takeaways (Assignment: Reflection)

    Chapter 2: Societal perspective
    How can we understand the structural change of work and labour markets? In this chapter, we observe growing inequalities in the labour market and consider the gap between precarious work and global experts. We continue to observe from a wider perspective how hierarchies are changing and what organisational implications follow.

    Section 1: Structural changes (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 2: Societal implications (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 3: Key takeaways (Assignment: Reflection)

    Chapter 3: Organisational perspective
    How can we understand the implications of change in organisations? In this chapter, we look at organisations and how changes in culture, structures and leadership affect the way organisations operate.

    Section 1: Organisational culture (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 2: Organisational structure (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 3: Leadership (Assignment: Quiz)
    Section 4: Key takeaways (Assignment: Reflection)

    Chapter 4: Individual perspective
    How can we rethink how we work? In this chapter we dig deeper into cognition and how can we learn and develop as work changes. We offer concrete tools on how you can connect purpose with work by designing your worklife. We also develop your ability to manage yourself and how that connects with your overall wellbeing.

    Section 1: Disconnection of work from time, place and employment (Assignment: Reflection)
    Section 2: Building holistic and pro-active well-being (Assignment: Reflection)
    Section 3: Coping with overload (Assignment: Reflection)
    Section 4: Developing future skills (Assignment: Reflection)
    Section 5: Key takeaways (Assignment: Reflection)

    Chapter 5: Implications
    What do we know about the direction of change? Forecasting the future is not easy. This chapter helps you make sense of the future of work, instead of making explicit predictions. Resilience has proved to be an important capability on all three levels discussed previously in the course.

    Section 1: Key takeaways from previous chapters (Assignment: Reflection)
    Section 2: A more sustainable future working life (Assignment: Reflection)


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    20% progression in self-directed activity
    40% quizzes
    40% open-ended assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Online course core content 20h
    • Class preparation/readings 14h
    • Quizzes 10h
    • Open-ended assignments 10h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment Edited by: Stephen Edgell - University of Salford, UK Heidi Gottfried - Wayne State University, USA Edward Granter - University of Birmingham, UK.

    The Second Machine Age - Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies Paperback – 26 Jan 2016 by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew Mcafee

    Autor, D., Mindell D., and Reynolds, E (2020). The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines. [online] MIT Work of the Future Available at: (Accessed 15 Apr. 2021) (Chapter 3: Technology and Innovation)
    Cameron, K. and Quinn. R (2011). Diagnosing and changing organizational culture: based on the competing values framework. 3rd ed. O’Reilly Media [online]. Available at: (Accessed: 15 Apr. 2021) (Chapter 3)