POL S 249 A: Introduction To Labor Studies

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 2:20pm - 4:30pm
DEN 258
Joint Sections: 
HSTCMP 249 A, SOC 266 A

Syllabus Description:

This course uses an American political development approach to the study of labor movements in the United States.  We go beyond considerations of historical relationships to production and into deeper understandings of the normative implications of the various labor movements; contextual understandings of the battles to protect workers; and the intersection of struggles between race and recognition in labor.  Our goal is to develop a nuanced and robust body of knowledge conceptualizing how historical labor movements coalesce into the contemporary landscape of work.  Specifically we consider the meaning of work; the radical beginnings of American labor movements; Seattle-area labor mobilization; labor and immigration; labor and race; and modern controversies linked to workers' rights.

Catalog Description: 
Conceptual and theoretical issues in the study of labor and work. Role of labor in national and international politics. Formation of labor movements. Historical and contemporary role of labor in the modern world. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 249/SOC 266.
Department Requirements: 
Political Economy Option
American Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
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January 10, 2018 - 9:36pm