Gender studies, Sociology, Urban geography

Course date

29 June - 10 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Eva Fodor

Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Christy Glass

Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology, Utah State University, Logan, USA
Course Faculty: 

Richard Freeman

Department of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Christopher Tilly

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Elaine Weiner

Department of Sociology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Course Manager: 

Judit Zotter

Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The course will provide participants with high level research-based and policy relevant training in the areas of employment relations, social inequalities and accountability in a global economy. This training will rely on critical analysis of cutting-edge interdisplinary scholarship and instruction by leading regional and international scholars and practitioners.

The summer school will instruct participants using innovative and diverse teaching methods, including pre-course e-workshops and discussion forums, expert-led round-table discussions, guest lectures, intensive policy-related debates, and one-on-one research-based workshops with instructors. The unique design of the course will contribute to participants' learning as well as model innovative techniques that they can incorporate into their courses at their home institutions.

The course is organized around three analytic modules focused on emergent labor practices, social inequalities, and regulatory mechanisms in the global economy. Participants will be expected to critically evaluate competing policy approaches to work and labor in post-socialist societies in a series of short papers. The final project will require students to carry out a mini-research project to advance our understanding of a policy-relevant issue to address emerging work-related inequalities in the global economy.

In addition to lecture and seminars organized by academic specialists in these fields, the course will expose students to roundtable discussions and debates among policy makers and practitioners, as well as site visits in and around Budapest. The course directors have contacts throughout the employment law, regulatory and employment fields in Hungary due to an ongoing research project. These networks will be drawn upon to facilitate learning related to opportunities and constraints on employment relations in the post-socialist context.