Work not only occupies a central role in our lives, it is closely intertwined with other social institutions and social processes, especially social inequality. Work is perhaps the most important way in which society impacts our social experiences and life chances. Throughout the course, we will challenge the taken-for-granted notions about what constitutes work, what constitutes an occupation or profession, and the value of the economic vs. the social as a work outcome. Topics will include: contemporary issues in 21st century work; a look at work during and after the Industrial Revolution; major theorist's contributions to the study of work; work and self in the service industry; work and self among professionals and managers; and the modern distinction between work and family.
Students entering 2012: satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.