August 10, 2019 1 Class Number: LABR 343, Section 1 Class Title: Women and Work Fall 2019 Class Description: In this class we will examine the position and roles of women in the productive activities of society--paid and unpaid. We will also examine the patterns of household and work place employment, discrimination in pay and working conditions, relevant laws and explanations for the evolution of gendered patterns of work. We will look at the experiences of women and societies taking into account the impact and influence of globalization. Class Instructor: Diane F. Frey Office: NA Office Hours: By Appointment. Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Name: Mariah McGill Email: [email protected] Course Goals We are going to take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring issues related to women and work. We will be drawing upon a variety of materials and lenses through which to analyze the situation of women in all the different places where women work in and outside of their homes. • Explore women’s diverse experiences of work in the US and elsewhere in the world. • Analyze the effects of globalization on women workers in the US and around the world • Learn about contemporary and historical feminist debates about women and work. • Learn about the problem of gender inequality at the workplace and how different social actors are trying to solve it. • Analyze individual gendered experiences of work within larger social structures. • Learn to analyze how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and other social categories to shape people’s work lives. • Improve reading, analytical, and discussion skills. • Improve writing skills.
August 10, 2019 2 • Create a productive, respectful and creative learning environment and intellectual community in class. Communications Mariah McGill, the course TA and I will usually log onto the course daily to read forum posts and emails. If you email me my response time is typically same-day, but might occasionally be 36 hours. If I am unavailable for a period of time, you will be notified. Course Materials There is no textbook that students need to buy for this course. All materials will be posted on iLearn or available through the library. In addition, from time to time, your assignment will be for you to do some research to identify and read/watch relevant articles, YouTube videos or other kinds of learning materials. Class Attendance and Assignment Policies Classes will open on Mondays at 1:00 pm and close on the following Monday at noon. When you sign onto iLearn, you will see the current week’s lecture, assignments and any additional videos or other materials as well as the weekly discussion forum and quiz. Each week there is also a forum for you to post any questions you have about class.
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