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Current Labor Studies Courses

Updated: 10/29/2014

Now available: Full List of Winter 2015 Course Offerings

Select a department to view the courses currently offered in 2014-2015 academic year. All courses listed count towards the 20 credits required to complete a Minor in Labor Studies.


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About

The field of Labor Studies encompasses scholarship and teaching about work, workers and their organizations across many disciplines. From unions and organized labor, to the often unpaid caring labor taking place at home, Labor Studies is broadly conceived to include working men and women everywhere.

The Labor Studies minor brings together a series of courses on labor in core social-science departments. It provides students an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the importance of labor to the economic, social, political, and cultural evolution of modern societies.

Requirements

To complete a Minor in Labor Studies, students must satisfy the following minimum requirements:


  1. HIST 249/POL S 249/SOC 266: Introduction to Labor Studies (5 credits):
    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.

  2. 20 additional credits from courses related to Labor Studies, with no more than 10 credits from one department. To view a list of courses that qualify, see below.

  3. A minimum 2.0 grade is required for each course applied towards the Labor Studies minor.

To apply for a minor, students must have completed at least 90 college credits. Students may declare a minor through a departmental advisor or at the time that they file a graduation application.

Advising

NOTE: Some courses, such as Special Topics, will not appear on students' DARS reports. To ensure the course is counted, or to request that a course not listed on this website be counted towards the Labor Studies Minor, or for general information about the Minor, contact the Labor Studies Minor Adviser at the Bridges Center at 206-543-7946, or hbcls@u.washington.edu.

Recommended

In addition to HIST 249/POL S 249/SOC 266: Introduction to Labor Studies, the following courses are recommended but not required to complete the Labor Studies Minor:

  • HSTAA 353: Class, Labor, and American Capitalism (5 credits):
    The history of workers and class formation from early industrialization to the present. Emphasizes the interaction of class with race, ethnicity, gender, and political culture within the context of American economic development. Explores the role of unions, labor politics, and radical movements.






Labor Studies Minor - 2014-2015 Courses

UW Seattle


American
Ethnic Studies
(AES)

  • Asian-American Studies (AAS)
  • Chicano Studies (CHSTU)

AAS 206 - Contemporary Problems of Asian Americans

Credits: 5

Department: Asian-American Studies

Quarter Offered: Summer 2014, Winter 2015

Instructor: Connie So

Description: Recent Asian and Pacific Islander American issues, from the 1960s to the present. Topics include post-1960s immigration, ethnic enclaves, civil rights, racial and ethnic stereotypes, identity politics, social organizations, community building and political movements.


AAS 350 - Chinese American History and Culture

Credits: 5

Department: Asian-American Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Connie So

Description: Explores the differences and similarities of race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation influence on the life experiences of the Chinese (among the most diasporic people in the world) in America


CHSTU 260 - Introduction to Chicano Politics

Credits: 5

Department: Chicano Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015

Instructor: Elizabeth Salas

Description: Surveys the political position and activities of Mexican-American peoples in the United States from two perspectives: (1) Chicanos as objects of the political process of U.S. life, (2) contributions of the Chicano people to U.S. politics.


Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 345/GWSS 345/JSIS B 345 – Women and International Economic Development

Credits: 5

Department: Anthropology / Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. Priti Ramamurthy

Description: Questions how women are affected by economic development in Third World and celebrates redefinitions of what development means. Theoretical perspectives and methods to interrogate gender and development policies introduced. Current processes of globalization and potential for changing gender and economic inequalities assessed.


Economics (ECON)

ECON 443 - Labor Market Analysis

Credits: 5

Department: Economics

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. Elaina Rose

Description: Determinants of employment and incomes in the United States: analysis of individual and firm decisions and of equilibrium in the labor market. Topics include decisions to work and retire, education and occupation choices, compensation, discrimination, poverty, unemployment and unions. Examination of policy issues affecting the labor market. Prerequisite: 2.0 in ECON 300.


Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (ENV H)

ENV H 462 – Technical Aspects of Occupational Safety

Credits: 3

Department: Environmental Health

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Richard Gleason

Description: Reviews federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and state WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Heath Act) standards. Explores the impact of these regulations on industry, particularly construction. Upon completion of the course, students receive an OSHA 510 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification.


Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS)

GWSS 345/ANTH 345/JSIS B 345 – Women and International Economic Development

Credits: 5

Department: Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies / Anthropology / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. Priti Ramamurthy

Description: Questions how women are affected by economic development in Third World and celebrates redefinitions of what development means. Theoretical perspectives and methods to interrogate gender and development policies introduced. Current processes of globalization and potential for changing gender and economic inequalities assessed.


Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 271 - Geography of Food and Eating

Credits: 5

Department: Geography

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Lucy Jarosz

Description: Examines food production, distribution, and consumption issues across geographic scales. Focus ranges from the microcosm of the individual body to food and eating at national and global scales. Explores the political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of food and eating in particular spaces, places, environments, contexts, and regions.


GEOG 331 - Global Poverty and Care

Credits: 5

Department: Geography

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Victoria A. Lawson

Description: Explores the causes and patterns of global poverty, and the urgent need for studies of care in both academic work and public policy. Considers the possibilities and challenges of caring across distance, and ways to respectfully engage with people in different places.


History (HIST)

  • History of the Americas
    (HSTAA)
  • History of Asia (HSTAS)
  • Modern European History (HSTEU)

HIST 249/POL S 249/SOC 266 – Introduction to Labor Studies

Credits: 5

Department: History / Political Science / Sociology

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Trevor Griffey

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.NOTE: This course is a requirement of the Labor Studies Minor, and does not count towards the 20 additional credits required from courses related to Labor Studies.


HSTAA 105 - The Peoples of the United States

Credits: 5

Department: History of the Americas

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. James Gregory

Description: Surveys American diversity since 1500. Repeopling of America through conquest and immigration by Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans. Contributions of various peoples and the conflicts between them, with special attention to changing constructions of race and ethnicity and evolving understandings of what it means to be American.


International Studies (JSIS)

  • Area Studies
    (JSIS A)
  • Global/Thematic
    (JSIS B)

JSIS A 324/LSJ 322 - Human Rights in Latin America

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

Description: Overview of human rights issues and their recent evolution in Latin American history; military dictatorships; contemporary challenges in the region's democracies. Human rights concerns in relation to broader sociopolitical context.


JSIS B 345/ANTH 345/GWSS 345 – Women and International Economic Development

Credits: 5

Department:International Studies / Anthropology / Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. Priti Ramamurthy

Description: Questions how women are affected by economic development in Third World and celebrates redefinitions of what development means. Theoretical perspectives and methods to interrogate gender and development policies introduced. Current processes of globalization and potential for changing gender and economic inequalities assessed.


Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ)

LSJ 322/JSIS A 324 - Human Rights in Latin America

Credits: 5

Department: Law, Societies, and Justice / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

Description: Overview of human rights issues and their recent evolution in Latin American history; military dictatorships; contemporary challenges in the region's democracies. Human rights concerns in relation to broader sociopolitical context.


LSJ 329 - Immigration, Citizenship, and Rights

Credits: 5

Department: Law, Societies, and Justice

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Prof. Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Description: In this course, we will examine the relationship between citizenship and migration and the impact on rights, broadly defined, in the U.S. How do experiences intersect with law and policy in daily life in constructing membership as an immigrant and citizen, shaping a sense of belonging, and framing one's experience of rights? This course is a sociological examination of formations of political and social memberships that materialize in legislative form, varied stages in documenting status, and of citizens and migrantsÕ daily experiences in the U.S. Key questions that will be examined throughout the term include: How do states make citizens? How do citizens make states? What does this process look like? What is the consequential impact on social, economic, political and cultural life? Much of our coursework will pay close attention to two major spaces through which citizen[ship] is shaped and contested: identity [race and gender structures] and the social order [labor]. Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with discourses in race, gender and in studies of migration, inequality and globalization.


Political Science (POL S)

POL S 249/SOC 266/HIST 249 – Introduction to Labor Studies

Credits: 5

Department:Political Science / Sociology / History

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

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. NOTE: This course is a requirement of the Labor Studies Minor, and does not count towards the 20 additional credits required from courses related to Labor Studies.


Social Work
(SOC W)

SOC W 536 – Social Movements and Organizing: People, Power, and Praxis

Credits: 3

Department: Social Work

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: James Diers

Description: Focuses on social, economic, and political problems from an organizer' s perspective, and strategies, tactics, and skills necessary to engage in organizing activities. Emphasizes principles common to community, electoral, union, and issue organizing. Addresses why people organize, how organizing works, and what it takes to be a good organizer. Priority given to Social Work Graduate Students. Undergraduates may apply with permission from instructor.


Sociology (SOC)

SOC 266/HIST 249/POL S 249 – Introduction to Labor Studies

Credits: 5

Department: Sociology / History / Political Science

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

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. NOTE: This course is a requirement of the Labor Studies Minor, and does not count towards the 20 additional credits required from courses related to Labor Studies.


SOC 401 – Special Topics in Sociology:
New Inequality: Recent Trends in the U.S. and Other Advanced Industrialized Nations

Credits: 5

Department: Sociology

Quarter Offered: Winter 2015

Instructor: Jake Rosenfeld

Description: In the United States, unionization rates have fallen by 50% during the last few decades, a period also marked by severe increases in earnings’ inequality. Despite facing similar global economic pressures, near-universal unionization remains the norm in much of Scandinavia, where wage dispersion is comparatively low. Labor movements in other nations have suffered recently, although not to the extent of unions in the U.S. What accounts for such divergent outcomes? And what can the contemporary state of organized labor tell us about inequality and macroeconomic performance in the modern age? This course serves as a primer to the contemporary labor movement in the advanced democracies. We begin by exploring the causes and consequences of labor’s collapse in the U.S. Next, we compare the U.S. case to other countries, paying particular attention to heterogeneity among the non-U.S. cases. We end by exploring proposed strategies for labor revitalization in the U.S., drawing on other nations’ experiences as potential guideposts. This is not a course solely focused on unions and their members. Throughout the quarter, we will examine broader trends in macroeconomic performance and their interrelationships with the labor movement. One should leave the class with a sound understanding of how particular configurations of organized labor affect and are in turn influenced by the wider economy.


UW Bothell


Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    (BIS)
  • American Studies
    (BIS AMS)

BIS 445 - Meanings and Realities of Inequality

Credits: 5

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies, UW Bothell

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015

Instructor: Kari Lerum

Description: A socioeconomic investigation into the meanings and realities of inequality using a variety of theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Focuses on the determinants of economic mobility and social status. Addresses discrimination, poverty, welfare, and education.


UW Tacoma


Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

  • Economics (TECON)
  • History (T HIST)
  • Political Science (TPOL S)
  • Sociology (T SOC)
  • Women Studies (T WOMN)

TPOL S 311 – International Human Rights

Credits: 5

Department: Political Science (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015

Instructor: Elizabeth Bruch

Description: Team-oriented research of the historical origins, theories, basic documents, personalities, institutions, and legal and political processes which have promoted international human rights as a widely accepted legal and moral foundation for a just world order.


A list of Labor Studies minor courses offered since Fall 2009 at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.

To learn whether a class will be offered in the future, please contact the relevant department.

Past Courses - UW Seattle

American Ethnic Studies

Anthropology

Communication

Comparative History of Ideas

Economics

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Geography

History

International Studies

Law, Societies, and Justice

Political Science

Social Work

Sociology

A list of Labor Studies minor courses offered since Fall 2009 at the University of Washington, Tacoma campus.

To learn whether a class will be offerred in the future, please contact the relevant department.

Past Courses - UW Bothell

Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

A list of Labor Studies minor courses offered since Fall 2009 at the University of Washington, Tacoma campus.

To learn whether a class will be offerred in the future, please contact the relevant department.

Past Courses - UW Tacoma