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Syllabus for Work and Society: Gender at Work (SOC 320) Fall Session 2010, 8:00-9:15pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays Professor: Michelle Budig Office: W33CD Machmer, Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 Tuesdays & Thursdays Telephone: 545-5972 e-mail: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS: Work as a social institution significantly affects the everyday lives of American adults. Work shapes and is shaped by social inequality. This course examines how work is gendered and how men and women have different experiences as paid and unpaid workers. Specifically, this course will examine sex inequality at work; occupational sex segregation and the experiences of token men and women; sex differences in earnings, promotions, and authority; employer and coworker sex discrimination; and the gendered conflict between paid and unpaid work. Solutions and policies for reducing work- based gender inequality will also be explored. This course will be conducted in a seminar-like format. That means less lecture, and more active learning. We will use class activities and films to channel each week’s discussions. Course materials will be reviewed on Tuesdays, followed by an activity/film which will continue on Thursdays, and then comes the heart of the learning: Thursday “talk-backs.” At least 50% of class time on Thursdays will be dedicated to student discussions of course materials and/or presentations of activity results. Because of this, attendance is mandatory and participation will count for 25% of the final course grade. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Required Readings : Required books are available at the Textbook Annex on the UMass Campus a) Padavic, Irene and Barbara Reskin. 2002. Women and Men at Work . Pine Forge Press. b) Dubeck, Paula J. and Dana Dunn. 2006. Workplace/Women’s Place, 3 rd Edition . Roxbury. GROUP PROJECT BOOKS (You will only be buying ONE of these books) – All group project books are also on reserve for this course at the DuBois library for a 3-day checkout. a. Hochschild, Arlie. 2001. The Time Bind. New York: Metropolitan/Owl Books. b. Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 2001. Domestica . Berkeley: University of California Press. c. Lawson, Helene. 2002. Ladies on the Lot . New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. d. Stone, Pamela. 2007. Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home. University of CA Press. e. Williams, Christine. 2006. Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality. University of CA Press. 2. Small Group Paper and Presentation = 30% of final grade Small Groups : At the beginning of the semester, you will join a 5-person work group for the term. In addition to working with your group in class, your group will meet outside of class to work on a paper and oral presentation. Your group will summarize and critique theoretical and empirical analyses from sociological studies of gender. The paper will count for 10%, and the presentation, 10%, of your final grade. In addition, each member of your group will anonymously grade your contribution to the group project, this grade will count for 10% of your final grade.
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