Labor Studies | Sweatshops, Human Rights & International Econ
L290 | 28735 | Ashby, Steven


Class meets November 4, 11, 18, 20, December 2 and 9, 2004, 5:45 -
8:25 on Thursday evenings.  Class meets with LSTU-L 390, same title.

A revitalized student movement on scores of college campuses is
bringing the issue of sweatshops to the forefront of national
debate.  How is it that the worker who made that $15 cap or t-shirt
with a university logo on it was only paid pennies for their labor,
and may be fired, beaten, or imprisoned if they try to organize into
a union?  The course will discuss what a “sweatshop” is;  look at
sweatshops in the context of the changing global economy; analyze the
factors behind the growth of sweatshops in the Third World; review
the role of sweatshops in the US in the early 1900s, and compare
conditions then to conditions today; debate US government and
corporate policies; and examine the rise of the new student/labor
alliance to challenge sweatshops