Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Seats available in Labor Studies courses


The IU Department of Labor Studies has seats available in these 3 credit hours LSTU-L online courses during the Fall 2013 semester:
L205, section 13686, Contemporary Labor Problems
This course examines some of the major problems confronting society, workers, and the labor movement.  Topics may include automation, unemployment, international trade, environmental problems, minority and women’s rights, community relations, and changing government policies.

 L220, section 3724, Grievance Representation
This course looks at union representation in the workplace.  It evaluates uses of grievance procedures to address problems and administer the collective bargaining agreement. It also explores analyses of relevant labor law and the logic applied by arbitrators to grievance decisions. Students learn about the identification, research, presentation, and writing of grievance cases.

L231, section 13687, Globalization and Labor
This course explores the globalization of trade, production, and migration and the effects of these processes on American workers. Through reading, discussion, and problem formation, students will critically think about the ways global processes and policies impact American workers’ daily lives, analyze existing historical and current justifications for offshore production and the dismantling of barriers to trade and investment, and explore alternatives to these policies. 
 
L290, section 34062 and L390, section 34069, Latinos, Labor and Migration in the US
The above two sections meet together.
The course is organized and designed to address several hot-button issues of contemporary significance, including: the debate over Latino immigration and “The Dream Act”, xenophobia, stereotypes about Latino crime, the changing role of Latinas at work and in the community, and the positive contributions of Latinos to U.S. culture and society. Knowledge in these area will strengthen student civic engagement in policy debate and popular culture.
 
L350, section 7068, Issues in Collective Bargaining
This course includes readings and discussions on selected problems.  A research paper is usually required.

L390, section 7613, Jobs and the Environment
This course looks at the environmental movement in the U.S. and its interaction with the labor movement, using both historical events and what is happening in the current period. Through a variety of sources from environmental writers such as Rachel Carson, as well as the work of  labor writers and activists, the question of jobs and the environment is considered in an historical context up to the present, and is analyzed from different perspectives to address the question of whether environmental progress has been supported or opposed by labor, whether labor has been supported by the environmental movement, and how workers and environmentalists are working together to assure both a healthy economy and a healthy environment.
 
L390, section 6129, Bringing Human Rights Home to Indiana
How might the life chances of children, the workplace and civic rights of workers, the personal security and democratic voice of minorities, and the economic well-being of all Hoosiers and Americans be improved if there were greater support for human rights in our region and nation?  This online course will address such questions and provide participants with an introduction to human rights principles, treaties and statutes; examination of current human rights violations; and options for rebuilding a vibrant human rights culture and politics in the United States.

L490, section 11106, Class and Power in Politics
This course places the theoretical study of class and power within the changing context of World War II labor politics as well as a study of what the political future holds for America’s working class.  

Students who would like to register for these classes should eAdd them through OneStart.  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Sarah Bailey, schilder@indiana.edu, (812) 855-9084.

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