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240106 VO+UE VM2 / VM3 - Work and digitalization in the Global South (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Blocklehrveranstaltung Anfang Februar 2021!

Monday 01.02. 11:00 - 15:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 03.02. 11:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Friday 05.02. 11:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 08.02. 11:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 10.02. 11:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

Digitalization has become an increasingly important umbrella concept for recent economic developments such as automation, the gig economy, platform capitalism, crowdwork etc. While some hope for a future utopia where machines will do all menial tasks, others fear human alienation and new forms of inequality. Departing from the assumption that “technology is neither good nor bad nor neutral” (Melvin Kranzberg), this class will teach students about the impact of recent innovations in information and communication technology on working conditions, worker collective action and global commodity chains.

Since many of the debates about digitalization privilege Northern perspectives and experiences, a particular focus will lie on digitalization in the Global South. Along these lines, we will learn about algorithmic control, shifting geographies of production and increasingly complex Global Value Chains on the Global South. Taking different cases such as digital tools to increase worker participation, algorithmic management and the gig economy, students will learn about the impact of digitalization on work and worker collective action in these sectors.

This course introduces students into the academic study of changing technological and work relations. Students will learn pivotal concepts from economic sociology and political economy and apply them to theories of digitalization and Global Value Chains. Particular attention will be given to the impact of socio-technological change on unequal North-South relations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are expected to read all the texts, attend sessions, participate actively (in discussions which necessitate reading the texts) and prepare a presentation for one of the sessions. Gradings will be based on participation and presentation (50% each).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

VM2, VM3

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