Issues in The Sociology of Occupations and The Professions
|Unit(s): 3.0||Level(s): IV||Term(s): Winter||Offered?: Yes|
What is work stress? Are we exposed to more work stress than previous generations of workers, and if so, why? How can organizations and workers better deal with work stress? Throughout this course, we will seek to answer these questions by examining the different sources and consequences of work stress in the contemporary Canadian economy. We will first ask what constitutes an unhealthy work experience and review the dominant social-psychological theories of work stress. We then move beyond these explanations and consider how stressful work experiences are created not solely by the characteristics of jobs, but also by workers’ occupations, the organizations in which they work, their positioning in different labour markets, and the health of the overall economy. In the second part of the course we will engage with several ongoing debates about work stress, including: the deleterious effects of precarious employment, migrant worker exploitation, and job intensification.