Labor Studies | Labor & the Political System
L203 | 24845 | Ashby, Steven

Section 24845, 3 cr. hrs., Tuesdays, 5:45-8:25 pm, BH006.

The political system in the United States presents serious
difficulties which labor must overcome in order to protect the
interests of working people.  This course deals with American
politics  from the vantage point of workers and the labor movement,
with a focus on the 2004 presidential election.  We will begin by
looking at the variety of political strategies used by labor from the
early 1900s to the present.  We will analyze the historical role of
labor and socialist parties in U.S. politics. The class will analyze
and critique the political system on such subjects as the role of
money and big business in politics, the role of advertising in
campaigns, how campaigns are run, and why people donít vote.
Finally, students will participate in a research group studying key
issues in the 2004 election and report back to the class in the final
weeks of the semester.  Research topics might include: Taxes and
working people; Globalization, trade, and jobs; the minimum wage, the
living wage movement, and income inequality; and labor law reform.
Instructor:  Prof. Steven Ashby, DLS, IUB.