Fall 2020

Work

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-145

Faculty

Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)

Description

This course will explore the role of work in the context of American politics and society. We will study how work has been understood in political and social theory. We will also consider ethnographic studies that explore how workers experience their lives inside organizations and how workplaces transform in response to changing legal regulations. These theoretical and empirical explorations will provide a foundation for reflections about how work structures opportunities in democratic societies and how re-imagining work might unleash human potential. The course will ground these questions about the role of work in the context of American politics and society. At the broadest level we will ask: Do citizens in a liberal society have a right to engage in meaningful work and earn a living wage? What is the changing nature of work in a neoliberal society? What are the goals of the state in regards to the production of a future workforce? What are the impacts of employment discrimination, occupational segregation, and wage disparity based on race or gender?

The course sessions will offer synchronous online lecture/discussion components and in-person small group break-out sections.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Bumiller.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to political science majors.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Writing, Online Only

Offerings

2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020