This course looks at how theories of work and leisure manifest within local, national and global contexts. We look at how compatible, or incompatible, what we know of work and leisure is with what we know about life balance and well-being. Are we getting optimum results from work and leisure that benefit us all? Some groups in society do not believe that we are getting equal opportunities to work and play so we explore control and resistance at work alongside workplace activism and disadvantage in the workplace. Independent variables - gender, ethnicity, disability, age, etc - impact on us as workers but how does the workplace cope with this diversity? Also how does work and leisure fit with the needs of partners and families? Our aim is to look at these questions analytically and seek solutions that use a range of critical sociological and historical studies to do this. These include some texts that will refer to conventions such as case studies, empirically based work, memory, narrative and interpretation.