ASSIGNMENT 2.1 FACTORS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION

COURSE: WORK AND LEARNING

FORUM: Participation in education and work; identity and social exclusion.(BLOCK 2)

TOPICS: FACTORS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

ASSIGNMENT 2.1

FACTORS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION (link to itslearning)

1. summarize the analysis of, and the main factors behind, social exclusion from and discrimination in education and employment, and how that might affect who has access to education and work and the transitions or pathways from school to work;

Assignment 2.1 concerns itself with factors of social exclusion and discrimination.

To start farming our posts and thoughts in view of writing our group paper, the following are some initial considerations on this part of the assignment.

I have identified at least three levels of exclusion and discrimination.

FIRST, we observe these phenomena at the access level, that is when people are looking for educational and job opportunities.

SECOND, after people gain access to education and jobs, we observe them inside the education institutions and places of employment. I see labor market segmentation and the Dual Labor Market Theory as means to establish a system-based rationale for this level of exclusion and discrimination.

THIRD, at the interface between formal education and workplace. At this point, people with certain education backgrounds may face exclusion and/or limited choice of employment. At this level, many factors concur to issues of “silent” discrimination that is embedded in our current societal model. It is my understanding that the0ries like Human Capital Theory are also meant to overcome this level of exclusion by improving individuals’ skills and ensuing choices.

One influential contributing factor in these schemes is power. Please refer to my comments on power posted in a separate thread in this forum.

As Garnet and Dana suggested, I think it’d be better to keep the discussions within a selected number of threads. I suggest we use this thread for the discussion on Assignment 2.1

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