Labor Studies | Globalization
L290 | 8437 | Ashby, Steven


This is a web-based course offered through OnCourse.

3 cr hrs. Class number 8437 First Summer. 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.