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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2006

SOC 321K • Work and Labor Markets

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47465 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
bur 130
Yu, W

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 occupations 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 men's and women's opportunities in the labor market.

Grading Policy

Course requirements include 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. Goldin, C. 1992. Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women. Oxford University Press. A course reader of photocopied articles is also available.


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