Listed in: , as EDST-145 | Political Science, as POSC-145
Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)
(Offered as POSC 145 and EDST 145) 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?
Limited to 18 students. Fall Semester. Professor Bumiller.
How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to political science majors.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Group work, readings, written work, oral presentations.
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM SCCE E212
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM SCCE E212
|Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do||The New Press||Studs Terkel||This book is optional and is not required to be purchased||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Working law : courts, corporations, and symbolic civil rights||University of Chicago Press||Lauren B. Edelman||This book is optional and is not required to be purchased||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It||Harvard University Press||David Weil||This book is optional and is not required to be purchased||Amherst Books||TBD|
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.