Module K3 – Society, Politics, and Markets

Module K3 – Society, Politics, and Markets

This module offers the relevant fundamental/ basic knowledge relevant for career practitioners in regards to dealing with the relevant phenomena of larger society (including culture and diversity), politics (including governance, policy-making, educational systems, politics, and legislation) and markets (including economics). The knowledge listed here is important for tasks related to all NICE Professional Roles.

Cognitive Resources (Knowledge)

  •  Institutional ethnography: current structure, developments/ trends, and current policy regarding national employment, educational, vocational, and guidance systems (including comparative knowledge of policies and systems)
  • Policy-related knowledge: relevant policy theories/ ideologies; relevant international policy developments (e.g. lifelong learning; Bologna process in Europe); professionalization of career guidance and counselling
  • Legal aspects, legislation and codes of practice regarding employment, education and vocational systems (local, national and international)
  • Understanding of macro-economics, especially regarding labour market developments and their interrelation with other societal developments (e.g. technological trends, policy making)
  • Career-related information management: Sources and types of labour market information (LMI), job tasks, vocations, functions, salaries, requirements and future outlooks (e.g. regional/ national/ international data banks, internet offers); sources and types of information on educational programmes and offers (further education, training etc.); information and knowledge management systems; information acquisition management; supply- and demand-oriented information systems for labour markets and educational offers
  • Diversity-related theories: sociological theories on cultural identity, societal norms, and ideology (including religious belief systems); intercultural communication; diversity management;
    understanding of discrimination regarding gender, age, race, ability, culture etc.
  • Understanding the special needs of particular groups (e.g. physically and mentally challenged clients, economically disadvantaged clients, cultural and ethnic minorities)