COMM 359 Work & Social Inequities
This course provides students with an understanding of how workplace and institutional structures can exacerbate income and social inequities, and explores potential solutions and interventions to address these inequities. It surveys contemporary topics and theories on the sociology of work and the impact of changing global and economic realities on the future of work and workers. Topics may change from year to year and include job polarization post pandemic, the changing composition of the Canadian workforce, immigrant labour, intergenerational mobility, and the economic prosperity of Canada. The focus is on how workplaces reflect and reinforce social inequities and how workers and their organizations respond to those inequities. Students will also engage in debates on issues on equity policies, and proposed policy solutions to combat systemic discrimination.