This is the homepage for Sociology 311, Sociology of Work, at Le Moyne College. Any suggestions about or corrections to this page would be most appreciated. Please send them to Cliff Donn.


SYLLABUS: This is the syllabus and reading list for SOC 311. It includes some information on how students will be assessed in the course.
ASSIGNMENTS: Any changes in assignments or assignments that need to be located on the internet can be found here. Please check here every week.
CRITIQUES: A description of the critique assignment can be found at this link. The due dates of the various critiques will also be available here. There is also a "rubric" that describes how the critiques will be evaluated and what the "coded comments" on your returned critiques mean. This will be very useful to you in preparing your critiques.
LIBRARY RESERVE LIST: The reserve list of items sent to the library (i.e. all items the library should have on reserve for this course) can be found here. If there are items that should be on reserve which you can't find, please check with John Butcher at the library. If you still can't find them, send Cliff an e-mail or let him know in class.
OFFICE HOURS: Cliff Donn's office hours and other contact information can be found here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Any announcements (other than changes in assignments) will be found here. For example, changes in the class schedule will be noted here. Please check this section every week.
JOURNALS: Each student is required to maintain a journal of issues related to work. At regular intervals class will be devoted to discussion of issues presented by students from their journals.
EXAMS: This link will provide sample exam questions that illustrate the type of questions that will appear on the final examination.
EVALUATION: The amount each assignment contributes to the student's semester grade is explained here.
FORMAT: The format and style for any papers you do in this class can be found here. This includes information about plagiarism and how to avoid it and information about acceptable forms of citation. You should note that some citation styles that may be acceptable in some of your other classes (e.g. APA) are not acceptable in this course.
POWER POINT SLIDES: The slides for each topic will be posted here after the topic is complete.
Historical Background
Conceptual Background
The New Workplace
Technology on the Job
Workers, Wages and Inequality
Race and Gender at Work
Immigration and Globalization
Industrial Work
Service Work
Professional and Managerial Work
Care Work
Contingent Work
Balancing Work and Family
Summary and Conclusions


Here you will find links to a variety of sites and organizations that provide data and other information related to work and employment. These may be useful in preparing class presentations, understanding journal entries, etc.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a section of the U.S. Department of Labor that focuses on the collection of economic and social data.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a branch of the federal government responsible for enforcing the laws forbidding discrimination in employment. It also provides numerous educational services designed to avoid discrimnation before it occurs.

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (until recently, the Industrial Relations Research Association) is a group that includes unionists, managers, neutrals, academics and others with an interest in employment issues. It holds annual and spring meetings and produces several interesting and useful publications. There is a Central New York chapter that holds meeting five times a year (see the announcements section of this home page).

The New York State Department of Labor oversees a variety of programs and collects a variety of data with regard to labor and employment issues within the state.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and looks at changes occurring in the labor market with regard to the demand and supply of various skills and occupations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the agency of the U.S. Department of Labor that sets standards for industrial safety and oversees the enforcement of thoat standards.

The U.S. Department of Labor is the federal cabinet-level department charged with oversight of all federal programs and laws relating to labor and employment including minimum wages, maximum hours, apprenticeships and other training, and many others.