Labor Studies | Globalization
L290 | 3708 | Ashby, Steven
This section is a web-based course offered through OnCourse.
3 cr hrs, Class number 3708. Globalization is the driving force in
the world economy, but it is also provoking tremendous resistance.
In November 1999 50,000 demonstrators protested the World Trade
Organization meeting in Seattle and engaged in mass non-violent civil
disobedience to shut down the WTO conference. At every subsequent
meeting of the WTO, the World Bank, or the International Monetary
Fund, opponents across the globe have protested in large numbers. On
over 200 U.S. college campuses students are mobilizing against
sweatshops. The U.S. labor movement is mobilizing against an
expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to all
of Latin America with the Bush Administrationís proposed Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas. The course will analyze and debate the
many aspects of globalization, through the prism of workers and
unions. Course topics include: NAFTA; the World Bank; the IMF;
structural adjustment programs; export processing zones; sweatshops;
exporting white collar jobs; Mexico and China; plant closings;
protectionism; and the movement strategy and alternative program of
the U.S. labor movement and the global justice movement. Instructor:
Steven Ashby, DLS, IUB.