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LABOR MOVEMENT: IDEAS, IDEOLOGIES AND STRUCTURES (LAB-263154)

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Course Description:


Explore the origins, purposes, methods and future of the labor movement. Students will learn about the historical beginnings of the United States labor movement. Topics include the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor, alternatives to business unionism, including industrial and craft unionism, Marxism, anarcho-syndicalism and the New Left. Students will also examine labor as a social reform movement within capitalism. Through discussion and written assignments, students will apply the theories to actual case studies of workplace and union development.

This course is relevant to students interested in studying labor studies, labor relations and human resource management. Students pursuing degrees in business, history, policy studies, political science and philosophy will also find this course pertinent.

Prerequisites: Students should have an understanding of American history and introductory sociology. A course in U.S. labor history or equivalent knowledge is strongly recommended.

Important Note: This course was renamed effective the May 2008 term and was formerly offered as Theories of the Labor Movement. Students who have successfully completed 263154 should not enroll in this course.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1.

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