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IDS 101: Work: Making a Life: Getting Started

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Work: Making a Life Making a Living

Work is more than a way to make a living; it’s also a big part of life. What makes for a good career or even just an adequate work-life? The answers have changed throughout history, differ across cultures and societies, and vary by individual perspective. Some people’s jobs define their personal identities, while for others work is just a routine part of adulthood. Some endure drudgery for higher pay or simply to make ends meet. Some people pursue long-term career ambitions while others, willingly or not, bounce from job to job or shift occupations repeatedly. Social distinctions - gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, health status, and generation – condition the experience of work. The occupational structure is ever-changing and can seem arbitrary, but its intricacies powerfully shape work-life. Some jobs are prestigious or lucrative or both, while other work is less respected or low-paid, even when it is essential to society. What factors make-up working lives and cause them to differ? Do people craft good work-lives by choosing their endeavors thoughtfully and taking pride in their work, or does it depend much more on circumstances and luck? Do public policies and social conventions determine work-life’s patterns and value, or are jobs intrinsically better or worse? How have the basic features of work-life changed across history, and will current trends related to automation and artificial intelligence systems, job-hopping and the gig economy make the goal of a planned, coherent career obsolete? Our colloquium will explore these questions by reading, speaking, and writing about a variety of texts - social science studies, journalism, ethnographic interviews, and documentary films.

                                Course taught by: Greg Felker                                                              Colloquium Associate: Rou Rou Hutchinson

Library of Congress

The Mark O. Hatfield Library uses the Library of Congress classification system to group items with similar topics together.  Each item is assigned a unique call number, which helps people to locate material on the shelf. The Library of Congress uses a combination of letters and numbers, and each call number begins with a letter. 

To the right are the general call numbers and the main topics within the Library of Congress system. Click on any class to view an outline of its subclasses in an interactive PDF document. 

This list is based off of the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

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Reference Print Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.