Teaching

Sociology 108: Inequality at Work

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012
The American workplace has become much more diverse over the past 30 years, with women and minorities moving into greater positions of authority. But significant inequalities remain. Why? This course explores how sociologists go about analyzing the reasons for workplace inequalities using a variety of methods from ethnography to surveys to experiments. Using case studies, we pay particular attention to how work can be restructured in ways that increase participation and equality.

Sociology 98Bd: Inequality at Work

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012
The American workplace has become much more diverse over the past 30 years, with women and minorities moving into greater positions of authority. But significant inequalities remain. Why? In this course we will consider what issues are similar or different when we look at gender and race inequalities, and we will look at how sociologists try to untangle the reasons for inequalities in the workplace using statistical methods, experimental studies, and ethnographic research.

Sociology 208: Contemporary Theory: Seminar

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

Covers the development of sociology as a discipline in the US and the rise of distinct schools of sociological theory. Assesses the role of mechanisms in sociological theory and explores the use of theory in empirical research.

Sociology 21: Work and the New Economy

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The course explores changes in the nature of work and the workplace in recent years.  We will pay particular attention to trends in wage inequality, the rise of "contingent" and part-time employment, changes in the work conditions of professional and highly-paid work vs. low-wage work, organizational dynamics with respect to gender, and the relationship between work and technology.  Some attention will also be focused on international comparisons and employment policies.

Societies of the World 29: Inequality and Society in 21st-Century East Asia

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East Asian economies burst onto the center stage of global capitalism in the late 20th century.  How were the lives of ordinary people in this part of the world affected?  Who has gained and lost in the process of economic development?  We will use ethnography as well as "hard data" to study these questions in Japan, South Korea, and China and, in the process, to gain familiarity with how social scientists study social and economic inequality.

Sociology 229: Graduate Seminar on Inequality in East Asia

Semester: 

N/A

Sociology 229 is a graduate seminar with the specific pedagogical purpose of developing a new Harvard general education undergraduate course on inequality and society in Japan, Korea, and China, to be taught in Spring 2010 for the first time.  Graduate students participating in the fall seminar will have the opportunity to develop the syllabus for a course they themselves anticipate having in their “tool kit” when they embark on their professional academic career.  The seminar will offer intellectual resources to support such an endeavor, and each student’s final project will be a sample …

Societies of the World 29: Inequality and Society in 21st Century East Asia

Semester: 

East Asian economies burst onto the center stage of global capitalism in the late 20th century.  How were the lives of ordinary people in this part of the world affected?  Who has gained and lost in the process of economic development?  We will use ethnography as well as "hard data" to study these questions in Japan, South Korea, and China and, in the process, to gain familiarity with how social scientists study social and economic inequality.

Sociology 180: Social Change in Japan

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This course is designed to provide an introduction to the social institutions structuring life in contemporary Japan and to engage students in some of the debates surrounding Japan’s transformation in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.