SOCY 5588 Work and Family (Spring: 3 )
This course will examine the links between family and work, both paid and unpaid, and the implications of these links for women, men, children, employers, and communities. Social changes of the last few decades radically transformed the nature of work-family balance in the United States. We will discuss these historical changes as well as examine the contemporary patterns, asking: How do people manage multiple responsibilities of paid work and family and what are the consequences of conflicting demands for employers, workers, families, and society? How do the challenges of balancing work and family vary by gender, race, social class, and age? Are the experiences of employees and families in the U.S. similar to, or different from, the experiences of employees and families in other countries, especially in Europe? How can policymakers, employers, and communities make this balancing act easier?
Instructor(s): Natasha Sarkisian
Last Updated: 13-Mar-15