Introduction to Labor Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The course will introduce students to the field of labor studies. It will cover such topics as: the social organization of work, labor as a factor of production, changes in the composition of the labor force, labor segmentation, and the impact of technology on work and workers.

240.  Labor Unions and Industrial Relations. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LS 101. This course will examine labor-management relations in the contemporary U.S., considering both the internal dynamics of management, and the structure, governance, and goals of labor unions. Particular emphasis will be given to comparing and contrasting labor relations in unionized and non-unionized workplaces, and in different sectors of the economy (manufacturing, services, and government). Topics to be covered include: the development of management's industrial relations policies, the impact of the changing international economy on labor, the dynamics of collective bargaining, decision-making processes within unions, and problems of union democracy.

265.  Special Topics in Labor Studies. 3 hr.; 3 cr. This course will discuss selected topics in Labor Studies, usually issues of contemporary importance. Such topics as public sector unionism, labor law reform, and the international labor movement may be discussed.

310.  Labor Law: An Institutional Approach. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq. LS 240. The course will examine primary (case) and secondary (commentary) materials on the legislative, administrative, and contextual aspects of labor law, particularly as they pertain to collective bargaining and union orgaanization. The course will be divided into three parts: 1) U.S. Law and Labor Relations (including an examination of institutional and sociological aspects of law, a review of Constitutional and common law basis for labor law, a survey of the history and current status of labor law and labor relations, and a comparative overview of labor law and labor relations); 2) The legislative, judicial, and administrative aspects of labor law, including issues concerning jurisdiction, procedure, and the interpretation of contracts; 3) Current problems in labor law, with an emphasis on practical applications.

320.  Perspectives on the Labor Movement. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LS 240. This course will examine theories of industrial relations systems; the philosophy and political perspectives of labor unions; and the current discussion concerning the state and future of the labor movement. Issues examined will include the meaning of work, its changing nature, and the consequent implications for industrial relations and the trade unions.

370.  Fieldwork in Labor Studies. 4-8 hr. fieldwork; 3 cr. Prereq.: Permission of the program director. This course is designed to give the student practical experience in labor issues and may take a variety of forms, such as development and execution of a research project requiring collection of data in the field, or practical experience in a labor union office or related institution under special supervision. Students will be assigned appropriate required reading. (May be repeated once for credit provided the project is different.)

390.  Tutorial. Hr. to be arranged; 3 cr. per semester. Prereq.: One course in Labor Studies at the 200 or 300 level, junior standing, and permission of program director. Further specialization and advanced work involving directed readings and research on a topic chosen by the student and his or her faculty sponsor. Includes regular conferences with the sponsor and preparation of a paper. (A student may receive credit for no more than six tutorial credits in Labor Studies and may take only one tutorial in a semester.)


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