Labor Studies | Labor and the Political System
L203 | 21851 | Modibo, Najja


The following is a web based course offered through the ONCOURSE
system.

3 cr hrs; Class Number 21851. 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.