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Jonathan A Lind
SOC 364
Seattle Campus

Women in the Social Structure

Gender and social institutions; the family, politics, education, medicine, law, the labor force. Intersection of gender with other minority statuses such as race, age, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Structural, ideological, and historical determinants of gender relations.

Class description

This course is about women and men in the workplace.

In some ways this may be the most bizarre sociology class you’ve ever taken. Much of the work we will explore is derived from the field of economics. Students should be prepared to encounter abstract representations of real world events. Furthermore, there will be a (relatively minor) quantitative aspect to the course. Yes – this means you will have to do some math.

Despite its weirdness, I think this class covers some really important social phenomena. Past students have commented that much of the material covered in many of their classes is divorced from reality - or is otherwise unimportant in the overall scheme of things. I have tried my hardest to design this course in a way that is “real world” relevant. I honestly believe that you will learn things this summer that will be of importance to you in later life.

In this course we will study various supply-side and demand-side explanations for women’s labor market disadvantage. The overall questions to be addressed are (1) “why do women earn less than men” and (2) “what can be done about it?”

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jonathan A Lind
Date: 09/21/2011