Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
THE FUTURE OF WORK
AS/SOSC 1510 9.0 – 2013-14
Lectures: Wednesday 4:30- 6:30 Location: Vari Hall A Course Instructor: David Langille email@example.com 647 280 7747
Office: Ross North 743 Office Hours: Thursday 3:00-4:00 pm
Calendar Description: This course studies the emerging patterns of work in Canadian society. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the post-war work world, the causes of its breakdown, changing values and identities, and competing scenarios for work, leisure and unemployment.
Course credit exclusion: AK/SOSC 1740 6.00.
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Complicating the picture still further, the economic crisis is occurring in the midst of unprecedented climate change which threatens our whole civilization, if not all life on earth. How will jobs be affected as we put a greater value on quality of life rather than quantity of goods consumed?
Our job this year is to examine how these environmental trends, economic structures, political institutions and social forces affect the future of work. Will these factors drive us apart and further alienate us from our employers and from each other, or will we be drawn together in common cause? Will we all be able to find green jobs that are satisfying and sustainable?
THEME FOR THE COURSE -- BUILDING A BETTER WORLD
I propose that the theme of our class be "Building a Better World" -- in fact, I hope that you will make this your theme for the rest of your working life.
Of course I want you to be able to provide for yourself, your family and your community. But work should not be just a means to accumulate more possessions -- more stuff.
The biggest problems in the world today are climate change and global economic insecurity and unemployment.
The best way to save the world is to change our values -- our criteria of success -- so that we put a higher value on quality of life rather than quantity