Sociology 361

SOCY 361

Catalog Entry

SOCY 361. Work, Organizations, and Society
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: SOCY 110 or SOCY/ANTH 121

This course examines a wide variety of white- and blue-collar occupations and the impact of organizational structure on work and workers.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with all facets of work. The major areas considered are:

1. The occupational structure
2. Occupational socialization
3. Organizational structure and the impact on work.
4.Technological change and the impact on work.
5.Women's work including clerical and housework.
6.The history of work.
7.Worker satisfaction.
8.Problems with work including discrimination, health and safety, unemployment and underemployment, and marginal jobs.
9.Work and the family


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course includes lecture, discussion, oral presentations and class discussions of readings and related current events.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will:

1. gain an understanding of the nature of work in the United States;
2. be better prepared to understand the careers they choose;
3. be better able to supervise others;
4. develop sociological imagination, i.e., the ability to understand the effect of social structure and culture on individual behavior.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments include tests, papers, oral presentations and class discussions.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

January, 2004 Reviewed Peggy A. Shifflett

March, 2009