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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER)

LER 458Y (US) (HIST 458Y) History of Work in America (3) A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.

LER (HIST) 458Y History of Work in America (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course will address economic, technological, social, cultural and political aspects of employment and self-employment. Major topics of concern will include methods of producing goods and services, work time and working conditions, the composition of the workforce, the changing functions of managers of labor, the role of the state in shaping labor markets and regulating employment relations, the formation and operation of unions and other representative bodies, and the relation of work to the family and other social institutions. Course requirements include regular attendance and participation, three essay exams and one term paper of a minimum of 10 pages. The essay exams and term papers will serve as instruments for gaining a fuller understanding of the subject matter by directing the students to examine and discuss major substantive problems in the field. In addition, some students will undertake original research in primary sources, thereby learning something of historical research methods. Writing will be treated as a process; besides regular encouragement of students to submit a paper proposal and bibliography, a paper outline, a rough draft, and a final draft. In addition, they are advised that the instructor will read and comment on as many additional drafts as they care to submit.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: HIST 021, HIST 156 orLER 100

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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