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SOC 4180  OCCUPATIONS & CAREERS: FULFILLMENT AND CHALLENGES AT WORK (3 credits)

This course examines what makes individuals and groups happy and satisfied with their jobs, and the factors that can turn "a dead-end job" into a meaningful pursuit that lasts decades. The course utilizes a life course approach and covers early socialization experiences to retirement transitions. It also employs a sociological lens to explore how individual experiences in the work realm are affected by stratification (such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, and parental status) and as well as by occupational norms and structures, workplace relationships, and culture and practices at the organizational and societal levels. (Cross-listed with SOC 8186).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOC 1010 and junior standing, or permission of instructor