SOAN 2040 Study Guide - Final Guide: Monthly Review, Job Satisfaction
SchoolUniversity of Guelph
DepartmentSociology and Anthropology
Course CodeSOAN 2040
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UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2040 Globalization of Work and Organizations
Instructor: Dr. Deidre Rose
Class meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:20 PM Location: MACK116
Office: MACK607 Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00 – 1:00 PM or by appointment
This course examines the sociological dimensions of work and occupations.
Specific topics may include: the organizational context of work, occupational and
labour market structures, job satisfaction, industrial relations, technological
change, and the effects of gender, age, race/ethnicity on how work and
employment are experienced.
Course Description: This course examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of work and
occupations in a global and local context. Paying particular attention to the present globalization
process, the course will explore how work and occupations have historically been organized according to
the economic process taking place at a given time. In addition, different theoretical approaches and
concepts used in the study of work will be introduced. Using specific case studies some of the topics
explored will include: the organizational context of work, occupational and labour market structures, job
satisfaction, industrial relations, technological change, and the effects of gender, age, race/ethnicity on
how work and employment are experienced. We will also pay attention to issues of identity,
identification, violence, and consumption.
Format: Lectures, documentaries, and discussions.
In order to succeed in this class, students are expected to attend all classes, read all assigned material
before class and to come prepared for each class in order to actively participate in the discussion of the
issues at hand.
Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
Define and explain the concepts of globalization, alienation, gender and work and other key
concepts or models discussed throughout the semester.
Demonstrate knowledge of the history of work and organizations.
Apply basic sociological and anthropological concepts to analyzing issues related to work,
organizations, and the globalization process.
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