Working in the Digital Economy

HNR 360 - Working in the Digital Economy

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 32947
Section: M005
Credits: 3

Sawyer,Steven B

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
MW 12:45pm-02:05pm

Hall of Languages 107

Course Description:

This course is devoted to providing you the means to advance your understanding of and engagement with changes to work and working. Doing so means grappling with concepts such as work, labor, markets, organizations and institutions, technologies, policies, histories, families and communities, geographies, capital, and possibly others. As such, this is a survey course, a heads-in course, designed to provide you with a way of understanding and analyzing the changes in what it means to work, and to be a worker. To do this we will begin by exploring centrality of work and working relative to how we organize (western) society. Building from this we will work through some of the forces that are helping to reshape working. These forces include the increased reliance on information-centered work; the concomitant increase in the uses of digitally-centered systems (and the recent growth of artificial intelligence, robotics, and social media); the changing relationships among workers and employers; the changing demographics and increasingly global labor markets – including the rise of non-human workers (software bots and robotics); and, new expectations of workplaces, mobility, co-working, commuting, travel, hoteling, virtual collaboration, and other mediated working arrangements. Given the diversity of topics possible, once we have in place a shared framework for understanding the changing shape of working and work, we will steer the course topics to reflect class interests. The class time and course work will focus on interactive class engagement with both core literature and contemporary material along with sustained exploration and writing about the topics that are of the most interest to you.