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Work, Workers and Their Workplaces

3 unit(s) The focus of this course is the social, economic, political and gender organization of the workplace. It will provide a comprehensive examination of the theory, practice and history of work organization, its impact on workers and on the organizations representing their interests. Section One will provide a theoretical foundation for understanding contemporary trends in work organization. Section Two will examine work organization in the automobile industry and the spread of Lean Production. Section Three will examine organization in other industries such as the service and public sector with emphasis on issues such as emotional labour and the spread of computer mediated work processes. The final section will look at the role of trade unions in work organization, the future of work, and Karasek's Healthy Workplace Model.

WORK SOC 700

Work, Workers and Their Workplaces

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

3 unit(s) The focus of this course is the social, economic, political and gender organization of the workplace. It will provide a comprehensive examination of the theory, practice and history of work organization, its impact on workers and on the organizations representing their interests. Section One will provide a theoretical foundation for understanding contemporary trends in work organization. Section Two will examine work organization in the automobile industry and the spread of Lean Production. Section Three will examine organization in other industries such as the service and public sector with emphasis on issues such as emotional labour and the spread of computer mediated work processes. The final section will look at the role of trade unions in work organization, the future of work, and Karasek's Healthy Workplace Model.


Wayne Lewchuk