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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2008


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Course Description

This course is designed to help students understand critical issues pertaining workplaces and labor markets in industrial societies. One emphasis of this course is gender inequality in the labor market. We begin with general topics concerning jobs and labor markets, including the social organization of work, types of work and employment, and changes in the labor force in industrial societies. We then examine both theoretical and empirical issues regarding gender inequality in the workplace. Topics to be discussed include changes in female labor force participation, the gender gap in wages, occupational sex segregation, gender differences in career processes, gender and professional work, and state policies and women's employment. We also address how social institutions that vary from one country to another shape mens and womens opportunities in the labor market.

Grading Policy

Course requirements include three in-class examinations and active participation in class discussion.


Wharton, Amy S. 1998. Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. Padavic, Irene and Barbara Reskin. 2002. Women and Men at Work. 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press. A course reader of photocopied articles is also available.


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