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

As taught in: Spring 2005

A photograph of Dr. Antonia Novella being sworn in as the Surgeon General of the United States.

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.)




Prof. Ceasar McDowell

Prof. Mindy Fried

Course Features

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.

Technical Requirements

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