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Queen Mary Summer School

Business and Society: The Changing World of Work

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Academic Lead: Dr Chris McLachlan

What does the future world of work look like? This module critically evaluates contemporary trends in the changing world of work. We focus on these trends with a view to understanding their implications for work, employment and society. Some issues explored in this module are: automation and AI; emotional labour; flexible working; the platform economy; climate change; regulation and the role of the state; globalisation. The extent to which COVID-19 has disrupted, or accelerated, such trends will also be explored throughout.

2023 Business and Society Syllabus [PDF 91KB]

Course content is subject to change.

Course aims

This course aims to:

  • to provide students with an understanding of social, political, technological, environmental and economic challenges facing modern workplaces
  • to provide students with knowledge as to how external, societal factors are influencing the experience of work
  • to equip students with relevant strategies to navigate the future world of work
  • to develop students' ability to think critically about the consequences of changes to work and employment
  • to offer students an international perspective on the changing world of work

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips. 

Learning outcomes

You will gain:

  • subject expertise in the field of work and employment
  • specific concepts and ideas relating to contemporary workplaces
  • an understanding of key debates related to the changing world of work
  • develop strategies for addressing future challenges faced by organisations
  • understand some of the ethical debates related to the changing world of work
  • understand the relationship between societal factors and the experience of work.

You will be able to:

  • think critically and assess the strength of arguments in extant research and literature
  • Be effective oral and verbal communicators
  • learn to support arguments with diverse and relevant primary/secondary source


The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £2,100 per session, which includes tuition and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current Queen Mary students 


The cost of accommodation is £1029 per session. For further information, please visit our accommodation page.

Additional costs and course excursions

There may be additional costs for field trips, such as entry to exhibitions, which will be in the region of £30.
All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit. 

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 7 overall or higher
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 68
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at

How to apply

Applications are now open!

Have a question? Get in touch - one of the team will be happy to help!

Applications close 29 May 2023.


Teaching dates
Session 1: 3 July - 21 July 2023
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 will be contact hours)
1,500 word essay (80%) In-class group presentation (20%)

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