Course Listing Work Labor and Society

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43.304 European Economic & Social History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5260
Status Active

Europe has been transformed in the last 250 years from an agricultural society to a post-industrial one. We study the processes by which this happened, from the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and early 19th century to the wars and depressions of the early 20th century and the collapse of the communist system and European unification in the late 20th century. Students learn basic concepts and methods of history and economics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Level: minimum Sophomore standing.

43.316 American Environmental History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5272
Status Active

This course explores the environmental history of early America and the United States from the end of the last ice age (c. 12,500 years ago) to the present. It examines the role played by nature as an historical agent as well as the relationship between human communities and the physical and organic environment. Course themes include evolving land use, the environmental significance of industrial capitalism, urban public health, resource conservation and wilderness protection, the impact of ecology on public consciousness, as well as environmentalism.

43.379 United States Industry Twentieth Century Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5322
Status Active

An exploration of the rapid growth of the American economy in the 20th century, including the evolution of the large corporation and the mass production assembly line. Particular attention is devoted to the ways in which immigrants, women, and the African Americans were affected by the rise of big business. The course also traces the decline of the traditional U.S. manufacturing base following the Second World War and the impact this had on the working class and their unions.

43.380 Work and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5323
Status Active

Provides a survey of labor history from the colonial period to the present focusing on the interrelationship between culture and work in American society and on the dynamics of technical and economic changes on the organization of work processes.

43.432 Research Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5337
Status Active

Systematic research in primary and secondary sources culminating in the writing of an original research paper using proper methodological and stylistic techniques. Weekly meetings and written and oral progress reports. Students must be acquainted with word-processing techniques. Required of all History majors.

46.397 Seminar: Labor Law & Politics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5670
Status Active

Consideration of a variety of political, legal and social issues involving labor relations, unions, employment, and dispute resolution, and their place in American society.

46.445 Politics of Repression and Dissent Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36722
Status Active

A focus on the dark side of politics - political repression, including politically motivated imprisonment, torture, murder, and disappearance- and the struggle of critics to bring about change through non-violent and violent demonstrations, general strikes and armed resistance.

48.245 Work, Labor & Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37377
Status Active

This foundational course has two overarching learning objectives: (1) to give students basic empirical knowledge and analytical tools to understand the context of work in the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century and (2) to give students an understanding of how labor unions work, what has been their impact historically, and what their role is in contemporary society. Lowell and the Merrimack Valley will be used as a lens through which to examine these larger work and labor issues. The course will be explicitly interdisciplinary, drawing on readings from history, sociology, economics, political science, and psychology to offer an introduction to understanding work and labor through and analytic lens. In addition, the course will include a service-learning component in collaboration with the UML Labor Extension Program.

48.341 Wealth, Status and Power Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5855
Status Active

Focuses on the phenomenon of social class distinctions with particular emphasis on social class in America. The approach is both historical and sociological.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 48.101 Intro to Sociology.

48.371 Sociology of Work Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5867
Status Active

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 48.101 Intro to Sociology.

48.382 Social Movements Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5868
Status Active

Considers organized action undertaken to alter the social position of a group. Organization, techniques of action, motivation of participants, and group ideologies are studied. Materials from historical, social, psychological, and sociological sources are used.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 48.101 Intro to Sociology.

48.469 Seminar on Global Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5882
Status Active

Considers the spread of industrial society globally. Emphasizes economic, political and cultural changes in various parts of the world and in the USA.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Academic Plan Sociology (BA) only, or Instructor permission.

49.302 Labor Economics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5904
Status Active

An introduction to the economic analysis of behaviors and institutions in the labor market: labor supply and participation, labor demand by firms, wage determination under different institutional settings, and gender, race or ethnicity as determinants of different labor market outcomes. The course presents microeconomic models, empirical findings and their public policy implications on topics such as minimum wage, affirmative action, social insurance prorams, workplace safety, and subsidized day care. Prerequisites: 49.201 or instructor's approval.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 49.201 Economics I (Microeconomics).

57.211 Sustainable Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6134
Status Active

This course examines workplace and regional factors that shape the prospects for sustainable prosperity and worker and community empowerment. The course begins by reviewing recent trends in the distribution of income and wealth and the industrial structure of the New England economy. The historical dynamics shaping work organization and regional development are examined. Several industry case studies are selected because of their importance to the regional and national economy. The case studies provide focus for studying the strategic choices made by firms in mature industries and newly emerging regions; the basis of competitive advantage for Japanese firms and the response of American rivals; and the influence of the product cycle and regional institutions on capture or retention of emerging and mature industries. The final section of the course focuses on the prospects for sustainability of the organization of production and its environmental impact, incentives for skill development and technological innovation, and shared prosperity. A central course objective is to foster an understanding of the links between the workplace and region in the pursuit of sustainable development and shared prosperity.

WLS.240 Work, Labor and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37049
Status Active

This foundational course has two overarching learning objectives: (1) to give students basic empirical knowledge and analytical tools to understand the context of work in the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century and (2) to give students an understanding of how labor unions work, what has been their impact historically, and what their role is in contemporary society. Lowell and the Merrimack Valley will be used as a lens through which to examine these larger work and labor issues. The course will be explicitly interdisciplinary, drawing on readings from history, sociology, economics, political science, and psychology to offer an introduction to understanding work and labor through and analytic lens. In addition, the course will include a service-learning component in collaboration with the UML Labor Extension Program.

WLS.401 Seminar: Advanced Topics in Work, Labor and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37050
Status Active

Advanced Topics in Work, Labor and Society offers students the opportunity to engage in depth with a special topic in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective. Then content and approach will vary depending upon the research and teaching interests of the faculty member teaching the course, but all will provide opportunities for an in-depth exploration of a topic beyond what is available in current course offerings.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: WLS.240 Work, Labor and Society.

WLS.402 Directed Studies in Work, Labor and Society Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37052
Status Active

This course, taken for 1 or 3 credits, may serve as a capstone experience for advanced students in the Work, Labor and Society minor, helping them to explore a work-related topic of interest while working closely with a faculty member. Projects that students complete for the Directed Studies will vary in length, scope, and topic, depending on how many credits are taken and which faculty member agrees to work with the student. What all projects will have in common is (1) a topic clearly relevant to work, labor and society (2) an emphasis on achieving deep learning through advanced study, and (3) the integration of two or more distinct disciplines, integrating these disciplinary insights in order to solve a complex problem or analyze a complicated issue.

WLS.410 Internship in Work, Labor and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37051
Status Active

This internship option allows students to take full advantage of the substantial links to the community that the UML Labor Extension program has built over many years of work in this region. The internship provides opportunities for students to learn through thoughtful engagement in community service, applying knowledge of work/labor issues gained in the classroom to the world outside the classroom. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 100 hours during the semester at the internship site, and to have a designated supervisor on site as well as a faculty supervisor overseeing their work and ensuring it is a meaningful learning experience.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: WLS.240 Work, Labor and Society.