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SOC 3193
Sociology of Work and Occupations
Summer 1, 2014
M-F 11:00-12:30
MH 2.02.20
Instructor: Michael Miller Office Add...
2. Read / watch / listen to assigned text and Internet materials before the presentation date. It
will be helpful to take ...
review. Project grade will be based on the relevance of the clip and how well the lesson plan
develops the clip into a mea...
Course Schedule
Week 1
June 2
Topic: Course Orientation
June 3
Topic: Meaning & Significance of Work
Reading Assignment:
W...
Week 2
June 9
Topic: Case Study of Industrialization: Stoke-on-Trent
Video Assignment:
Gladstone Pottery
part 1 https://ww...
Video Assignments:
Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/view/
Video providi...
Text Assignment: Volti – 7 &10
June 25
Topic: Work and Emotion in the Service Economy
Reading Assignment:
Goffman’s Dramat...
July 4 Holiday
Week 6
July 7-8 Group Presentations
July 9 Final Exam
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  1. 1. SOC 3193 Sociology of Work and Occupations Summer 1, 2014 M-F 11:00-12:30 MH 2.02.20 Instructor: Michael Miller Office Address: MS 4.02.26 Email: michael.miller@utsa.edu Office Hours: M-F 8:30-9:15 Required Text: Volti, R. (2012) An Introduction to the Study of Work and Occupations. http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235711 (other materials available online) Blackboard: In addition to the text, Blackboard is available by virtue of enrollment in this class. It is a vitally important resource which will allow you to access the course syllabus, assigned materials, and course grades. (Let me know if you have any difficulties accessing this site.) The Course: Description. SOC 3193 addresses the changing nature of work, employment, and occupations within the context of economic globalization and economic reorganization by reference to major sociological theories, concepts, and empirical findings, particularly as they relate to the U.S. Multimedia Web-Based Approach. SOC 3193 is a hybrid course in the sense that it combines conventional in-class teaching with supplemental instruction derived through online resources. Specifically, we will devote considerable out-of-class time to examining multimedia materials linked to the course via this syllabus. For my approach to employing online content, see A System for Integrating Online Multimedia Into College Curriculum Objective. The course objective is to provide an opportunity for you to derive sociological understanding of work and occupations, and their effects on human well-being. This will be sought through class lecture and discussions, research, reading, and media assignments, and class presentations. Degree Program Relevance. SOC 3193 satisfies 3 hours of upper-division electives. Student Contributions: The course requires your active involvement. At the minimum, you are expected to attend class, read text assignments and cover assigned Internet materials prior to class, and take examinations as specified. You are responsible for adhering to all rules concerning conduct, including those relevant to scholastic dishonesty (see The Student Code of Conduct). You are also expected to reflect the Roadrunner Creed in your behavior, and follow as well, the UTSA Honor Code. To additionally facilitate your success, consider the following suggestions: 1. Do not be a “spectator.” Your success in the class will be proportional to your engagement. This is your class—actively participate. Ask questions, discuss experiences, offer opinions... Get to know other students (exchange phone numbers/email addresses).Talk about the course, share lecture notes, hold study sessions before exams...
  2. 2. 2. Read / watch / listen to assigned text and Internet materials before the presentation date. It will be helpful to take notes as you watch videos. 3. Should you have any concern or problem that is affecting, or may affect, your academic status or class involvement, please communicate with me about it. If posted meeting times are inconvenient, you may arrange a conference at another time. Note: all e-mail communication should be directed to me at michael.miller@utsa.edu. Support services, including registration assistance and adaptive equipment, are available to those with documented disabilities through the Office of Disability Services. Course Practices and Policies: 1. Student Survey. During the first week, please complete an online survey about yourself in order to better meet your learning needs. 2. Attendance. Attendance will be taken on a regular basis. 3. Coming Late. Please enter and take a seat without disrupting others. 4. Notetaking. PowerPoint slides are regularly used in class to overview key ideas. Such slides will include images, graphics, animations, and video. Understand that your notetaking effort should also be directed to what I am saying, rather than solely the slides. I do not post (nor otherwise make available outside class) slides used in class. 5. Class Ending. Class ends at 12:30—please let me know if I run past that time. 6. Technology Use. Avoid cell-phone embarrassment: turn it off before class starts. Under no circumstances can a cell phone be out during an exam. The use of laptop and tablet computers is permitted during class for course purposes only. 7. Grade Reporting. All exams and assignments (except the final exam) will be returned to you in class (no one else may pick these up for you). Grades cannot be reported by telephone, fax, or e-mail. Grades will also be made available on Blackboard. They can be discussed during office hours or by appointment. 8. Drop Procedure. Should you decide to no longer attend, be sure to follow appropriate UTSA administrative procedures. Exams: Three exams, including a cumulative final exam, will be administered over the semester. Exams will consist of multiple-choice questions, and will account collectively for 75 percent of your final grade. You will need to provide a Scantron grading sheet (882) for each exam. If you miss an exam for a valid reason, you must submit a written request (paper copy) for a make-up exam, including documentation for your absence, at the time of your return to class. All make-up exams will consist of essay-length questions and will be administered immediately after completion of the final exam. Note: I do not distribute exams from previous semesters to serve as study aids, nor do I release for personal use those exams that are taken during the semester. Exam results are yours to keep following in-class review. . Video Clip Assignment: This assignment will enhance your understanding of relevant course concepts and your ability to locate and employ video within instructional contexts. Working with three other students, locate an online video clip that is relevant to the sociology of work and occupations. The clip must be available on the Web through streaming, and should be no less than 30 seconds long and no longer than 5 minutes in length. An appropriate lesson context plan for its classroom use should then be developed. This plan should describe how the clip will enhance understanding of some aspect of work and occupations, how it should be employed within the classroom, and as well, a set of questions that could be asked about the clip. (Go to The Sociological Cinema to see sample videos and lesson context write-ups.) Presentations will be made in class near the end of the semester, and I will upload all projects to Blackboard for purposes of display and examination
  3. 3. review. Project grade will be based on the relevance of the clip and how well the lesson plan develops the clip into a meaningful learning experience. The project will account for 25 percent of your final grade. . Participation in the Google+ Community and Extra-Credit: You will have the opportunity to enhance your grade through extra-credit points by virtue of following this process: 1. post an entry about a new piece of Internet media content (documentary film, video clip, image, slideshow, information graphic, interactive, etc.) relevant to course topics to our Google+ Virtual Community, Sociology of Work and Occupations (posts should include the URL for the media and a brief summary describing the media content and how it is relevant to particular social stratification concepts), (Sociology of Work and Occupations is the out-of-class center for sharing online media content relevant to our class. As a Google+ "community," our site is a private destination available only to those enrolled in our class. I am the site moderator, and as such, will control access to membership, and monitor posts and comments contributed by members. To participate in this community, you will need to have a Gmail account (to create account, go to https://mail.google.com/intl/en/mail/help/about2.html). If you already have one, please create another for class purposes. The address for your account should be ABCUTSA@gmail.com, with the first three letters representing the initials of your name. (Example: my name is Michael V Miller; therefore my gmail address is MVMUTSA@gmail.com. Note: If you do not have a middle name, use the letter X.) Additional details about participation will be provided in class.) 2. contact me via e-mail (michael.miller@utsa.edu) about your post, and ask me to provide relevant feedback about it to you, 3. revise the write-up by taking my comments and suggestions into consideration, 4. submit your revised post to me for publication consideration in a special blog to be created called Work and Economy (for a similar kind of blog created for my social stratification course, see SoUnequal), and 5. acceptance for publication of your piece in Work and Economy. Each post that is accepted for publication in the blog will add 5 extra points to your score on the next exam to be taken. Grading Scale: Exams, projects, and your final average should be interpreted on the following basis: A > 89 B 80 – 89 C 70 – 79 D 60 – 69 F < 60
  4. 4. Course Schedule Week 1 June 2 Topic: Course Orientation June 3 Topic: Meaning & Significance of Work Reading Assignment: What Is It About 20-Somethings? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22Adulthood-t.html In the opinion of the writer, identify the main reasons why young adults, including most college students today, are taking so long to assume adulthood. Which parts of this argument are consistent with your observations and experiences? Which are not? Video Assignment: The Millennials Are Coming! http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-millennials-are-coming/ This 60 Minutes segment claims to describe the attitudes and behavior of today’s late teen and young adult generation. To what extent and in what ways do you believe that it is accurate about others you know of this generation? If you are of this age group, how well does it describe you, particularly in terms of your orientations toward work and career? June 4 Topic: Work in Context of Social Evolution Text Assignment: Volti – 1 Video Assignment: Crash Couse: The Agricultural Revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yocja_N5s1I June 5 Topic: Organization of Work in Preindustrial Society Text Assignment: Volti - 2 June 6 Topic: Industrial Revolution Text Assignment: Volti - 3 Video Assignment: The Industrial Revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhF_zVrZ3RQ&feature=youtu.be This documentary examines the rise of industrialism in England during the late-18th / early 19th centuries. Be sure to identify key factors fostering the revolution. For Your Enjoyment: Flocabulary: Industrial Revolution http://www.flocabulary.com/industrial-revolution/ Crash Course: Coal, Steam, and the Industrial Revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhL5DCizj5c&feature=youtu.be
  5. 5. Week 2 June 9 Topic: Case Study of Industrialization: Stoke-on-Trent Video Assignment: Gladstone Pottery part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtxY6GYWwcU part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV1puBJ8amE Consider the nature and organization of manufacturing production in a 19th century bottle-oven factory. June 10 Topic: Capitalism and Work in Old Economy Text Assignment: Volti - 5 Video Assignments: Industrial Supremacy http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html?pop=yes&vodid=742873&pid=1391%23 (Directions: Scroll down to Program 14 – IndustrialSupremacy—and then click on the “VoD” icon on right side of selection. You may then need to register at the site to gain free access to streamed videos. After retrieving film, enlarge viewing area by placing cursor on video image, right clicking, then > “zoom” > “full screen”.) Examine U.S. industrial growth and dominance in late 19th / early 20th centuries by watching this documentary. Be sure to note relevance of organizational and technological innovation, as well as worker treatment. Capital and Labor http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html?pop=yes&vodid=742873&pid=1391%23 (Directions: Scroll down to Program 17 –Capital and Labor—and then click on the “VoD” icon on right side of selection. You may then need to register at the site to gain free access to streamed videos. After retrieving film, enlarge viewing area by placing cursor on video image, right clicking, then > “zoom” > “full screen”.) After viwing this documentary, describe the rise of U.S. corporate giants, relationships between workers and owners, and the early days of the labor movement in late 19th / early 20th century U.S. History of the Model T Ford https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqd1Q0FFeoc Identify the factors that converged to transform the automobile industry, in particular, and American manufacturing in general, via the second Industrial Revolution. June 11-12 Topic: Capitalism and Work in New Economy Video Assignment: The Corporation https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FA50FBC214A6CE87 Watch this critical treatment of the rise of the modern corporation, its likeness to the symptoms of a sociopath, the externalities it produces, how it markets its goods to consumers, the unethical and illegal operations of transnationals in foreign nations, and much more. Entire film should be viewed (2 hours, 20 minutes). June 13 Exam 1 Week 3 June 16 Exam Review / Google+ Participation June 17 Topic: Work and Globalization in Post-Industrial Society
  6. 6. Video Assignments: Is Wal-Mart Good for America? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/walmart/view/ Video providing in-depth look at how Wal-Mart has become the dominant force in global retail marketing. Identify the strategies and tactics of Wal-Mart that have catapulted it to the top. Learn the particulars of its success and how it has affected other businesses and workers. Benefits Denied http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/407/index.html Examines the common corporate practice of deeming employees “freelancers” in order to deny them June 18 Topic: Work in the Context of Family & Life-Cycle Text Assignment: Volti – 14 Video Assignment: Accordian Family http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/boomerang-kids-when-college-gr/ What are the forces making for an “accordian family”? How prevalent are they? June 19 Topic: Labor Unions Reading Assignments: Your Rights: Unions http://www.workplacefairness.org/unions Become familiar with laws governing unions, including your right to organize and join a union. Video Assignments: Unionization at Ford https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrw_WRhUfog&NR=1 Overviews the reasons that workers organized a union at Ford Motors during the Depression, and the response of the company. Janitor Justice http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/243/janitors-union.html Examines the plight of janitors in Houston, and attempts at unionization for higher wages. June 20 Topic: Compliance: Principles / Techniques / Practitioners Internet Assignments: Changing Minds http://www.changingminds.org/ Bookmark and then take your time to go through this useful compilation of principles, techniques, and tips devoted to helping one more effectively interact with others. Multi-Level Marketing http://www.vandruff.com/mlm.html Have you ever been asked to join a business such as Amway or Metabolife? If you have, you were invited into the world of multi-level marketing (MLM), also commonly called "network marketing." To prepare yourself against those pitching such a proposal your way, address these questions: 1. What is meant by "multi-level marketing?" 2. What are the basic problems relative to this technique (include market saturation, organization structure, and ethics)? 3. How may MLM be problematical in terms of social relationships, particularly with those in your family and friends. Week 4 June 23-24 Topic: Reward Inequality: Labor Supply and Demand
  7. 7. Text Assignment: Volti – 7 &10 June 25 Topic: Work and Emotion in the Service Economy Reading Assignment: Goffman’s Dramaturgical Sociology http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/16569_Chapter_10.pdf Understand the nature of service work involving interpersonal relations in light of Goffman’s perspective. Identify key concepts. June 26 Topic: Professions & Professionalization Text Assignment: Volti – 9 Video Assignment: The Undertaking http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/undertaking/view/ Determine to what extent the central character in this documentary meets the major hallmarks of professions as he practices his craft. Identify strains and tensions he faces in the conduct of his daily work, and whether his conception of himself as a professional enables him to effectively resolve these issues. June 27 Exam 2 Week 5 June 30 Exam Review / Google+ Participation July 1 Topic: Employment Problems: Barriers to Entry / Mobility Text Assignment: Volti – 8 & 13 July 2 Topic: Job Stress and Workplace Violence Text Assignment: Volti – 12 Video Assignment: Working with Stress - pt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0YyxwALGaw Working with Stress - pt 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvDc3vuEfWk&feature=related Describes the nature and causes of work-related stress, as well as measures one can take to prevent or reduce stress. Workplace Bullying http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4562763&affil=ksat Learn about the nature of this problem and what you can do to end it. July 3 Topic: Job Loss, Unemployment, and Health Text Assignment: Volti – 11 (195-203) Reading: Managing the Disappointment of Job Termination http://www.slideshare.net/soconceptual/outplacement-6416054
  8. 8. July 4 Holiday Week 6 July 7-8 Group Presentations July 9 Final Exam

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