Paychecks and Power:
Work and Labor Markets in the U.S.
Sociology 201D, Summer 2015
Tuesday/Thursday 10:50-1:00; SLN: 13429
Instructor: Jennifer Branstad
The questions of who we are and what we do are closely linked. This course focuses on the role of work and the labor market in our every day lives as well as the role jobs play in structuring society. The aim of this course is to understand what it means to study work from a sociological perspective and to connect our own experiences and observations to sociological research.
We will answer the following questions:
- How do our racial and gender identities and our roles as parents, partners and students shape our experiences in the labor market?
- What are the processes by which people are matched to jobs? Do these processes work well?
- How do jobs and work contribute to social structure and inequality? What does it mean to have a polarized labor market?