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Current Labor Studies Courses

Updated: 2/13/2015

Now available: Full List of Spring 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 101 - Introduction to Asian American Cultures

Credits: 5

Department: Asian-American Studies

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Connie So

Description: Introductory history of Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese and Koreans in the United States from the 1840s to the 1960s. Major themes include imperialism, labor migration, racism, community formation, and resistance. Explores the particular experiences of Asian Americans within regional, national, and global contexts. Central questions addressed throughout the course are: What forces have driven Asians to migrate to the United States? How have Asians figured in U.S. race relations? What factors have unified and stratified Asian American communities? How have Asian Americans struggled for democracy and justice? The course will conclude by examining the growing diversity of Asian Americans since the 1960s.


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


AES 322/GWSS 300 – Gender, Race, and Class in Social Stratification

Credits: 5

Department: American Ethnic Studies / Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Luana Ross

Description: The intersection of race and gender in the lives of women of color in the United States from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include racism, sexism, activism, sexuality, and inter-racial dynamics between women of color groups.


CHSTU 200 - Latinos in the United States

Credits: 5

Department: Chicano Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Erasmo Gamboa

Description: Historical, social, and economic experience of Latinos in the United States. Major themes include education, labor, class, and gender identity. Analyzes rapid growth of old and newly established Latino communities, based on emigration from Latin America.


CHSTU 254 - Northwest Latinos: History, Community, Culture

Credits: 5

Department: Chicano Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Erasmo Gamboa

Description: Traces the history, extent, and development of the Chicano/Latino presence from the early Spanish period to the present. Examines the major contemporary political, social, and economic issues affecting Northwest Chicano/Latinos in a broader national and international context.


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.


CHSTU 342 - Working Latinas and Latinos: Changing Sites of Identity in Daily Life

Credits: 5

Department: Chicano Studies

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Prof. Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Description: This a sociological examination of Latinas' and Latinos' experiences in work locally (studies in the US) and globally (transnational studies). Our work is to examine the changing conceptions and contexts of work and its impact on Latina/o identity. We will also learn to locate how ideologies of gender, race, ethnicity and nation shape Latinas/os' working lives and impact economic and social inequality. Readings, lectures and discussions will explore different sites of work to capture a broad understand of the diverse ways in which we all labor in daily life. Consequently, as we all participate in different social worlds of work, you are encouraged to share your own observations and insights with the members of our class. Some of the questions that will frame your lens include: What are the ways we can [re]define labor? What are the different ways in which Latinas/Latinos work? How do labor markets and the workplace organize women and men differently across different domains of work? How do race and gender ideology shape Latinas and Latinos' understandings of their identities as workers? What changes result in [re]shaping home and family spaces? How do immigration and government legislation [re]shape and reconfigure employment opportunities as well as gender and race relations?


CHSTU 354 - Unions, Labor, and Civil Rights in California and Pacific Northwest Agriculture

Credits: 5

Department: Chicano Studies

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Prof. Erasmo Gamboa

Description: Comparative study of Southwest and Pacific Northwest farm workers against the social movement of the 1960's, its significance in the socio-political development of the Chicano civil rights movement, and its legacy. Uses historical and social science research methods along with analytical criticism to examine the period of social history.


Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 339/GWSS 339/JSIS A 339 – Social Movements in Contemporary India

Credits: 5

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

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Elizabeth Louis

Description: Covers issues of social change, economic development, and identity politics in contemporary India studied through environmental and women's movements. Includes critiques of development and conflicts over forests, dams, women's rights, religious community, ethnicity, and citizenship.


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.


ANTH 373 – Labor, Identity and Knowledge in Health Care

Credits: 5

Department: Anthropology

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Marieke Simone Van Eijk

Description: Presents anthropological perspectives on provision of health care as a complex social phenomenon. Examines division of labor, and how social groups come to occupy particular positions. Considers how knowledge and skills are gained (through experience and/or formal education), how they are recognized and valued, and may become sources of identity.


ANTH 448/JSIS A 448 - Modern Korean Society

Credits: 5

Department: Anthropology / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Clark Sorensen

Description: Social organization and values of twentieth-century Korea. Changes in family and kinship, gender relations, rural society, urban life, education, and industrial organization since 1900. Differences between North and South Korea since 1945.


ANTH 463 - Critiques of Contemporary Capitalism

Credits: 5

Department: Anthropology

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Sareeta Amrute

Description: The writings of Karl Marx inaugurated radical reworkings of both social theory and political action. Beginning with some of his seminal writings on capitalism and political economy we will move on to consider further elaborations of Marxist thought in the Frankfurt School, British labor theory, and postcolonial theory. In particular, we will use a close reading of Marx as a entry-way for understanding forms of economy and subjectivity produced through the aporias of late capitalism. Following on our review of the reigning critiques of Capitalism, we will move on to consider contemporary writers such as David Harvey, Hart and Negri, and Deleuze.


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 453 – Industrial Hygiene

Credits: 3

Department: Environmental Health

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Noah Seixas

Description: Introduction to the principles and scientific foundation of industrial hygiene. Examines the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of work place hazards to health and safety. Focuses on the first three functions, but includes some consideration of control methods.


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.


ENV H 564/IND E 564 – Recognition of Health and Safety Problems in Industry

Credits: 2

Department: Environmental Health / Industrial Engineering

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Noah Seixas

Description: Develops skills in occupational health and safety hazard recognition in a variety of important northwest industries. Focuses on process understanding and hazard recognition skills during walk-through inspections of several local facilities, stressing a multidisciplinary approach.


Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS)

GWSS 339/ANTH 339/JSIS A 339 – Social Movements in Contemporary India

Credits: 5

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

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Elizabeth Louis

Description: Covers issues of social change, economic development, and identity politics in contemporary India studied through environmental and women's movements. Includes critiques of development and conflicts over forests, dams, women's rights, religious community, ethnicity, and citizenship.


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 123/JSIS 123 - Introduction to Globalization

Credits: 5

Department: Geography / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

Instructor: William Buckingham, Monica Farias

Description: Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism.


GEOG 230 - Urbanization and Development: Geographies of Global Inequality

Credits: 5

Department: Geography

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Michelle Daigle

Description: Examines the processes driving urban growth in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The course examines urbanization in its international context. These issues and their human impacts are discussed in the context of historical and contemporary changes in the international political-economy. The course begins by reexamining some of the defining debates in development studies; population, migration/immigration dynamics, 'overurbanization', protectionism and free trade. The course culminates with a discussion of the human dimensions of broad political-economic processes examining questions of urban employment, shelter and political action. Major themes include: the cultural context of urban growth, the rapid pace of urbanization, indigenous urban forms, and colonial legacies.


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.


GEOG 342 - Geography of Inequality

Credits: 5

Department: Geography

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Kim England

Description: Geographies of social, political, and economic inequality. Focus is usually on North American cities. Examines the theoretical underpinning of inequality. Explores topics such as the spatial distribution of wealth and poverty, the geographies of exclusion, and discrimination in paid employment and housing.


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.


HIST 498 - Special Topics: Capitalism and the City

Credits: 5

Department: History

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Michael Reagan

Description: This course explores the ways in which capitalism, society, and urban spaces, impact one another. Looking from both the top of society, and the bottom, we will think critically about structure, agency, institutions and social movements. From labor struggles, the role of the police, environmental limits, and acts of resistance, how does capitalism, broadly defined, shape the course the history of our cities. NOTE: As a topics course, this class will not automatically appear on students' DARS reports for the Labor Studies Minor. To ensure the course is counted, students should contact the Bridges Center at hbcls@u.washington.edu.


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.


HSTEU 440 /JSIS B 440 - History of Communism

Credits: 5

Department: Modern European History / International Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Glennys Young

Description: Communism from its origins in the Bolshevik faction of Russian social democracy to the present, treating the development of the ideology, the various communist parties, and the communist states. Recommended: two history or politics of Europe courses. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 440.


International Studies (JSIS)

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

JSIS 123/GEOG 123 - Introduction to Globalization

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies / Geography

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

Instructor: William Buckingham, Monica Farias

Description: Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism.


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 A 339/ANTH 339/GWSS 339 – Social Movements in Contemporary India

Credits: 5

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

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Elizabeth Louis

Description: Covers issues of social change, economic development, and identity politics in contemporary India studied through environmental and women's movements. Includes critiques of development and conflicts over forests, dams, women's rights, religious community, ethnicity, and citizenship.


JSIS A 408 / POL S 442 - Government and Politics of China

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies / Political Science

Quarter Offered: Summer 2014, Autumn 2014

Instructor: Ketty Loeb

Description: Post-1949 government and politics, with emphasis on problems of political change in modern China.


JSIS B 440 / HSTEU 440 - History of Communism

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies / Modern European History

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Glennys Young

Description: Communism from its origins in the Bolshevik faction of Russian social democracy to the present, treating the development of the ideology, the various communist parties, and the communist states. Recommended: two history or politics of Europe courses. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 440.


JSIS A 448 / ANTH 448 - Modern Korean Society

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies / Anthropology

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Clark Sorensen

Description: Social organization and values of twentieth-century Korea. Changes in family and kinship, gender relations, rural society, urban life, education, and industrial organization since 1900. Differences between North and South Korea since 1945.


JSIS B 324 - Immigration

Credits: 5

Department: International Studies

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Prof. Kathie Friedman

Description: Introduces key theoretical debates in international migration. Examines immigrants' political, economic, religious, and social integration into host societies, and continued ties to homelands. Experiences of voluntary and involuntary immigrants, of the second generation, and of incorporation into America and Europe. Designed around interdisciplinary texts and fieldwork in Seattle.


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.


LSJ 360 / POL S 360 - Introduction to United States Constitutional Law

Credits: 5

Department:Law, Societies and Justice / Political Science

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Description: This course on American constitutionalism examines the foundations of the United States political system. It looks at some of the political and legal processes that have shaped constitutional development from the founding to the present. The course focuses on issues related to the two most important features of the American constitutional system: seperation of powers and federalism. Particular attention is paid to the way constitutional development has been shaped by efforts to regulate economic activity. The course considers the political context in which the Supreme Court makes constitutional law and the effect of Supreme Court power on democratic processes and electoral accountability. The course also covers some basics of Supreme Court process.


LSJ 490 - Special Topics: American Labor Studies and the Law

Credits: 5

Department: Law, Societies, and Justice

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Tania Melo

Description: TBA. NOTE: As a topics course, this class will not automatically appear on students' DARS reports for the Labor Studies Minor. To ensure the course is counted, students should contact the Bridges Center at hbcls@u.washington.edu.


LSJ 491 - Special Topics in Rights: Working Immigrants: Legality and Rights

Credits: 5

Department: Law, Societies, and Justice

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky

Description: How do we define work? How do we define a worker? And what rights can a worker claim? This class will look at the relationship between work, legality and rights. Specifically, our readings and discussions will examine the work experiences of immigrants in the US.

In brief, we will consider specific case studies to examine the following: What is the relationship between migrant status and the kind of work one does? What does the context of the work/labor look like? Type of workers, codes of conduct, workplace practices, laws (labor, criminal and immigration). What is the relationship between location and the work that is done? How do all of the above shape or impact workers' access to their rights?


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.


POL S 360 / LSJ 360 - Introduction to United States Constitutional Law

Credits: 5

Department:Political Science / Law, Societies and Justice

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

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 360 – Introduction to Social Stratification

Credits: 5

Department: Sociology

Quarter Offered: Summer 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015

Instructor: Mark Wine, Jake Rosenfeld, Bettina Sonnenberg

Description: Social class and social inequality in American society. Status, power, authority, and unequal opportunity are examined in depth, using material from other societies to provide a comparative and historical perspective. Sociological origins of recurrent conflicts involving race, sex, poverty, and political ideology.


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 327 - History of U.S. Labor Institutions

Credits: 5

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies, UW Bothell

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014, Spring 2015

Instructor: Trevor Griffey

Description: Examines the evolution of the institutions that have shaped labor. Discusses indentured servitude, slavery, apprenticeship, schooling, wage labor, unions, and the laws that surround each of these institutions.


BIS 425 - Topics in U.S. Social and Political History: Contemporary Labor Movements

Credits: 5

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies, UW Bothell

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Trevor Griffey

Description: Intensive examination of a particular topic on American institutions, ideologies, movements, and social conditions. NOTE: As a topics course, this class will not automatically appear on students' DARS reports for the Labor Studies Minor. To ensure the course is counted, students should contact the Bridges Center at hbcls@u.washington.edu.


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.


BISAMS 305 - Power, Dissent, and American Culture

Credits: 5

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies, UW Bothell

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Camille Walsh and Amparo Padilla

Description: Focuses on the relationships between power, inequality, resistance, and difference in the United States. Examines the concept of America through intersecting categories of race, gender, sexuality, class, place, citizenship, slavery, nationalism, empire, immigration, and social change. Uses diverse sources to study culture, politics, and history.


UW Tacoma


Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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

T ARTS 406 – Labor, Globalization, and Art

Credits: 5

Department: Arts (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Prof. Beverly Naidus

Description: Explores issues of labor and globalization through the art process. Experiments with contemporary art practices, making projects that examine work histories and that follow the global journey of a commodity. Discussions focus on the history of labor art and how art is intersecting the global justice movement.


TECON 450 – Labor Economics and Policy

Credits: 5

Department: Arts (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: To be announced

Description: Analyzes of determinants of labor markets outcomes, and the effect of labor market policy in advanced capitalist economies, with primary reference to the United States.


T HIST 322 – American Labor Since the Civil War

Credits: 5

Department: History (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Alexander Morrow

Description: Provides a history of workers and labor institutions from the era of industrialization to the post-industrial era, focusing on labor-management conflict, the rise and fall of unions, and on the role of government, the media, and other forces in determining events. Concludes with an assessment of labor today.


T HIST 441 – Black Freedom Movement in Perspective

Credits: 5

Department: History (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Luther Adams

Description: Explores the historical roots and present-day manifestations of movements against racial oppression and for empowerment in the African-American community, focusing heavily on the period since the 1950s.


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.


T SOC 335 – Social Class and Inequality

Credits: 5

Department: Sociology (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Anthony Falit-Baiamonte

Description: Examines the problem of persistent urban poverty in the United States. Explores the differential risk of poverty experienced by racial and ethnic groups and by women and children in the context of the major theories of class stratification. Also discusses the factors that lead to extreme-poverty neighborhoods, how these environments affect the life chances of residents, survival strategies of the poor, and public policy implications.


T SOC 434 - Women, Race, and Class: Identity and Intergroup Relations

Credits: 5

Department: Sociology (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Spring 2015

Instructor: Tanya Velasquez

Description: Explores interlocking effects of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality on the life experiences of women in the U.S. Includes: impact of race, ethnicity, and racism on social institutions; women's experiences of racism; struggles of anti-racist women; relationship between racial, class, and sexual identities and feminism, development of dialogue and coalitions between women.


T WOMN 420 - Women in the Global Economy

Credits: 5

Department: Women Studies (Tacoma)

Quarter Offered: Autumn 2014

Instructor: Cynthia Howson

Description: Explores impact of "modernization" and "development" on status and roles of women in selected Western and non-Western societies. Critical analysis of assumptions about women's responses to social change which have guided research, development planning. Examines cultural practices, economic arrangements, government policies to understand opportunities and obstacles confronting women in developing countries today.


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