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Fall 2012 - 62208 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Gender and Work

Instructor(s): Yu, Wei-Hsin
Unique Number: 62208
Day & Time: T 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: BUR 214
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description


This seminar is designed to help students understand of the nature and causes of gender stratification in industrial societies. In this seminar we examine both theoretical and empirical issues regarding gender inequality in the labor market. Topics to be discussed include changes in female labor force participation, gender segregation in the workplace, gender gaps in earnings and promotions, as well as gender differences in career processes. We also address the effectiveness and unintended consequences of policies that aim to promote women’s participation in the labor force in general and in male-dominant fields (e.g., science) in particular. Because many articles we will read involve statistical analyses, students are expected to be able to read and understand quantitative sociological research. While a large proportion of the readings are based on research in the United States, international comparisons of women’s economic roles, as well as family and welfare policies, also constitute an important part of this seminar. In particular, we address how social institutions that vary from one country to another shape men’s and women’s economic opportunities and thus the degree of gender inequality in the society.   
Students are expected to attend class regularly and read the assigned readings prior to the class period during which we will discuss the material. Active participation in class discussions is also required.
The required texts for this course includes books and articles from peer-reviewed sociological journals. The list below shows some of the books required for this course:  
  • Goldin, Claudia. 1990. Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women. Oxford University Press.
  • Charles, Maria. and David B. Grusky. 2004. Occupational Ghetto: The Worldwide Segregation of Men and Women. Stanford University Press.
  • Ogasawara, Yuko. 1998. Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender, and Work in Japanese Companies. University of California.
  • Xie, Yu and Kimberlee A. Shauman. 2003. Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes. Harvard University Press.
  • Blau, Francine D., Mary C. Brinton, and David B. Grusky (eds.). 2006. The Declining Significance of Gender? New York: Russell Sage Foundation.