11.237 / SP.660 Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy

Spring 2005

First female Surgeon General.

Dr. Antonia Novella being sworn in by Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman and minority Surgeon General of the United States. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete list of readings and examples of student work in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course provides an analytic framework for understanding the roles that gender and race play in defining the work worlds of women and men in our society, including ways in which gender intersects with race and class. The course examines specific workplace-related policies through a gender/race lens, including welfare policy, comparable worth, affirmative action, parental leave policy, child care policy and working time policies. Students are required to investigate ways in which these policies address gender and racial inequities, and think critically about mechanisms for change.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

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Prof. Mindy Fried
Prof. Ceasar McDowell

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3.5 hours / session