Sociology | Work & Occupations
S315 | 3871 | Wallace
S315 Work & Occupations (3 CR)
3871 11:15-12:30 TR CH001
This course will focus on the organization of work in American
society and the impact of work on the individual and society.
In the first segment of the course, we will develop an
historical perspective which will examine technological changes
in the workplace, the growth of the modern corporation, and the
rise and fall of the union movement. The remaining two-thirds
of the course builds upon this historical framework to
understand contemporary problems in the study of the workplace,
including: deindustrialization, plant closings, and the rise of
the service economy; the impact of the global economy on the
nature of work; the changing nature of the professions and the
occupational structure; the implications of automation,
robotics, and other high-tech work settings; individual and
collective reactions to modern work such as alienation,
autonomy, self-fulfillment, and resistance.
Course requirements include completion of three exams and the
student's choice of optional assignments such as a book review,
a term paper, or participation in panel discussions.