Sociology | Work & Occupations
S315 | 3760 | Laubach


This course will help you understand the role that work plays in our
society and in the lives of workers and their families. We will
examine how and why the social relationships surrounding work have
changed so radically in recent history, and what impact this has had
on workers and society. We will consider both the structural
perspective that focuses on large-scale economic and social changes
and the micro-level social psychological perspective that focuses on
the individual experience of work. We will study topics such as: work
related organizations such as unions and corporations; types of
occupations such as management, professions, service, and
manufacturing work; and trends such as deindustrialization,
technology, and globalization considering both the historical
patterns and future possibilities.