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Sociology (SOCI) 321

Sociology of Work and Industry (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: LBST 200 or LBST 202 is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Télé-université du Québec equivalency: SOC 2005

SOCI 321 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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The Sociology of Work and Industry is a three-credit, senior-level course. The focus of this course is work: how it developed into its present forms; how it is organized; how individuals experience it; and the social relationships and institutional frameworks so essential for it to occur.

By critically examining key concepts, theories and research findings in the sociology of work and industry, the course provides students with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of change and continuity, the basis for cooperation and conflict, and the varieties of human experiences in the world of work.


Unit 1: The Study of Work

Unit 2: The Changing Contexts of Work and Industry

Unit 3: The Intersections of Inequality and Insecurity

Unit 4: The Organization of Work

Unit 5: Surviving the Workplace

Unit 6: Claiming Workers' Rights: The Difference Unions Make

Unit 7: The Future of Work in Canada in a Global Perspective


To receive credit for SOCI 321, you must satisfactorily complete four essay assignments. You must achieve a minimum passing grade of 50% on each assignment and an overall course grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The following chart summarizes the types of activities, the place in the course, and the credit weight associated with each activity.

Essay Assignment 1 Essay Assignment 2 Essay Assignment 3 Essay Assignment 4 Total
20% 25% 25% 30% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Krahn, H. J., Lowe, G. S., & Hughes, K. D. (2011). Work, Industry, and Canadian Society (6th ed.). Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Other Material

Other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SOCI 321 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, March 4, 2013.

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Last updated by SAS  09/17/2013 12:37:16