AbstractThis introductory-level assignment starts with a basic premise: Work can sometimes be boring. Students are asked to interview someone who has worked in a self-defined "boring" job and document and analyze those experiences. This is a two-part assignment, the first of which is conducted individually and the second in small groups in class. First, students...
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- Work and Labor Markets
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- College 100
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Usage NotesIn this assignment, I get students to analyze monotonous aspects of contemporary jobs and the ways in which workers deal with these aspects of work life. After reading and/or lecturing on sociological analyses of work, I assign the first segment of the assignment to be completed individually. Students conduct an interview with someone who has experience...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- To understand the sociological dimensions of monotony in the workplace and the extent to which it may vary by industry and/or job.
- To understand the extent to which the structure of jobs influences experiences, interactions, enjoyment, monotony, and autonomy in the workplace.
- Students will demonstrate learning by analyzing the interview data for sociological understandings of the workplace and its influence on monotony on the job.
- Students will demonstrate learning by mapping the influence particular workplace industries have on job satisfaction in their written and oral responses.