Sociology | Advanced Topics
S660 | 3676 | Wallace

S660 Advanced Topics     (3 CR)
Topic:  Sociology of Work
3676 9:05A - 11:00A W    BH 018
Michael Wallace

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to some of the
major topics in the Sociology of Work. It also introduces
students to some of the leading theoretical approaches and
analytical strategies for investigating topics in this field.
This course does not attempt to provide a comprehensive coverage
of every topic in the field. However, it does provide a
representative survey of some of the major themes that have
motivated contemporary sociological research and debate on work.
Thus, the course serves as a springboard toward more intensive
investigation of these topics in future course work, prelim
exams, or masters/dissertation work. The goal of the course is to
provide a solid basis on which to undertake original sociological
research on topics related to work.

This course has an unusual format, but one that I hope will be
conducive for learning and critical thinking about class
material. Each week, most students will read the "primary"
reading assignment which will consist of a book-length research
study and sometimes an additional article-length study. The
primary reading assignment will form the basis for the seminar
discussion that week. In addition, one or more students will read
the "secondary" reading assignment which usually is a book that
provides more background or an extension of the topic discussed
in the primary reading. Student(s) assigned "main responsibility"
for the weekly readings (either the primary or secondary book)
will provide a written 3-5 page book review of the book. In
addition, students reading the secondary book will make a short
(20 minute) presentation of the book's main ideas and critique
the book for the rest of the class. Book reviews will be made
available to the rest of the class.

Course requirements will consist of completion of three writing
assignments at appropriate points, in the class, at least one
book review/presentation, and class participation.
Other options are negotiable: (1) Advanced students may wish to
pursue research papers which may replace all or part of the other
assignments. (2) Students writing their masters theses from 1998
SRP data may pursue their M.A. research and replace all or part
of the other assignments.

The material covered in this class will be good preparation for
students seeking to undertake original research on work-related
topics in the S700 Seminar which will be offered in Fall 1999 by
Professor Wallace.