University of Amsterdam

International School for Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS)

Comparative Labour and Organisation Studies


Turfdraagsterpad 9

Kloveniersburgwal 48

Amsterdam, Noord-Holl


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc in Sociology, with the specialisation mentioned in the diploma supplement.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This master's programme covers the sociological and interdisciplinary understanding of employment relations, the organisation of work processes and the position of labour in the wider society. The programme has two distinctive features: First, the strong focus on comparative analysis of issues concerning labour and organization and second, the special emphasis on processes of integration and convergence in world markets of both employment relations and organizational policies. The programme builds on the increasingly global interplay between questions of economic costs, risks and benefits, questions of corporate policy, management, and organisation, and the social and legal regulation of labour process and business. How work is organised varies a great deal throughout the world. Persistent differences occur between Europe, the United States, and Asia. Within regions one finds substantial variation in the development of the welfare state, the role of employers associations and trade unions and the way in which companies are organized and function. Wage and employment conditions, the forms of organisation, organisational behaviour, HRM, job design, the impact of information and communication technologies, the opportunities for developing and learning on the job, are by no means a given. Students in the programme will obtain knowledge of institutional and behavioural patterns and variations, and internationalisation and integration processes in labour markets, organisations and industrial relations. They gain experience in the use of modern techniques of social and economic research and statistics used in the field of labour and organization studies and social policy research. They develop the ability to integrate theories and concepts from different disciplines in a multi-disciplinary, comparative and analytical approach of research and policy problems. They train in the ability to conduct and evaluate research, and to participate in multi-disciplinary research.


Comparative Labour and Organisation Studies is part of the master's in Sociology ('Sociologie'). The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally recognised Master of Science (MSc) degree.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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