Labor Studies | Theories of the Labor Movement
L380 | 18553 | Davis, Chuck
The following is a web based course offered through ONCOURSE.
LSTU-L 380 Theories of the Labor Movement Class Number 18553; 3 cr.
What is the labor movement? How and why did it develop? What are
the goals of the movement? Who makes up the “working class”? What
is the role of unions, and who should they be accountable to? Who
decides which questions are important? We will begin with theories
of organized labor as a revolutionary force within capitalism, then
move to theories of the labor movement as an institution of business
unionism, as an agent of social reform, as a psychological reaction
to industrialization, as a moral force, and as an inefficient and
unnecessary intervention. Throughout the course we will read and
discuss ways in which different assumptions regarding race, gender,
and the definition of “work” are embedded within theories of the
labor movement. Instructors: Chuck Davis, DLS, IUPUI.