SOC 440 - Sociology of Work
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” – Studs Terkel

What is work? How does work shape our identity and locate us in relationship to others? What forces determine the work an individual chooses? What role does work play in the larger society? How is work changing in America and elsewhere? Who are the people who don’t work and what is life like without work?

This course will use a variety of sociological approaches and tools to investigate the meaning of work in contemporary society. Readings on a series of topics will be drawn from four online journals that study the sociology of work.

Each student will be assigned to a worker, will visit and interview that worker in the workplace, and will then analyze the worker’s experience in the light of course insights. Workers will range from factory employees to politicians and from restaurant servers to CEOs.

In addition to this project, students will demonstrate their knowledge through a series of quizzes on topical material and an integrative essay at the end of the semester reflecting on their own relationship to work and career.

Intended Audience:

Juniors and Seniors

SOC 440 - Sociology of Work
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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