Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

The study of labor in the United States. The nature of work, the development and characteristics of the work force, the history and present nature of labor organizations, and patterns of labor-management relationships.

Units: 3

GE D1: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

Hands-on approach to understanding basic statutory protections covering California workers, including wage and hour; work place safety, health, and sanitation; workers' compensation; discrimination; union activity; pregnancy and parental leave; discipline and discharge; unemployment and disability insurance; social security, health, and pension benefits.

Units: 3

GE D1: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: LABR 250.

Methods of research and analysis used in understanding labor issues. Case studies and contemporary issues selected from such areas as collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation, legislation, regulative and administrative law, employment discrimination and union governance.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Position and roles of women in the productive activities of society--paid and unpaid. Patterns of household and work place employment, discrimination in pay and working conditions, relevant laws, explanations for the evolution of patterns.
(This course is offered as LABR 343 and ANTH 343. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 343/ANTH 343

Prerequisite: Upper division standing
Examination of the tension between the desire to work and to be free from work looking at texts from liberalism, Marxism, feminism and critical theory.

Questions to explore include the following: Has this tension always existed and how might it be overcome? Where and when did people begin to prioritize paid work over all else? What constitutes "work" and who decides? Is work different than labor?
(This course is offered as PLSI 394 and LABR 394. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 4

PLSI 394/LABR 394

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.

An examination and comparison of various forms of unfree labor in early America from the colonial period to the Civil War, tracing change over time and investigating the relationship among economic systems, ideology, and social relations.
(This course is offered as HIST 473, ETHS 473, and LABR 473. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

HIST 473/ETHS 473/LABR 473

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Development of the work force and of organized labor in the U.S. Social and economic characteristics of work and of the work force; characteristics of labor organizations at different times.
(This course is offered as HIST 474, ECON 474, and LABR 474. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

HIST 474/ECON 474/LABR 474

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Exploration of labor-government relations at local, state, and national levels. Consideration of labor's political action in relation to legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and in the electoral process; examination of government's responses as they protect or restrict labor's interest.
(This course is offered as LABR 500 and PLSI 500. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 500/PLSI 500

Prerequisite: ECON 101 or consent of instructor.

Analysis of the operation of the labor market. Theories of wages, unemployment, unions and income distribution.
(This course is offered as ECON 510 and LABR 510. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

ECON 510/LABR 510

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Collective bargaining, legislation; case studies in labor law.
(This course is offered as ECON 511 and LABR 511. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

ECON 511/LABR 511

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

An overview of workplace diversity and strategies to utilize it positively. Theoretical debates and issues related to race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disability. Ways in which individuals and organizations can maximize benefits through respecting and working with diversity.
(This course is offered as LABR 525 and ANTH 525. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 525/ANTH 525

Prerequisite: LABR 250 or consent of instructor; upper division standing.

Analysis of labor's role in the developed economies, East and West, and in developing areas. Theoretical perspectives on international labor. Migration and population as they relate to labor. Impact of trade treaties on labor markets.
(This course is offered as LABR 550 and I R 450. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 550/I R 450

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Introduction to the concept of the employment relationship, the main "models" and their key actors; diversity at work to international labor rights and how they are approached and practiced in different countries.
(This course is offered as LABR 552 and SOC 552. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 552/SOC 552

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Introduction to an overview of recent academic debates on Corporate Social Responsibility, International Labor Standards and "decent work." Codes of conduct, monitoring, and certification/labeling/ transparency.
(This course is offered as LABR 553 and SOC 553. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 553/SOC 553

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Introduction to the main "models" that have been used in comparative analysis of national systems of employment relations; the Anglo-Saxon, Japanese, and European social models; discussion of the appropriateness of these models in understanding transforming economies.
(This course is offered as LABR 554 and SOC 554. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 554/SOC 554

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Key themes concerning labor rights in the global economy; focus on core labor rights identified by the UN: freedom of association, freedom from child labor; freedom from coerced labor, and freedom from discrimination.
(This course is offered as LABR 555 and SOC 555. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

LABR 555/SOC 555

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Political economy of urban health system. Critical review of urban health policy; analysis of alternatives. Politics of health care reform. Particular needs of women and communities of color.
(This course is offered as USP 570, LABR 570, and PLSI 570. Students may not be repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

USP 570/LABR 570/PLSI 570

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

An overview of the history and development of the National Labor Relations Act, public sector and farm labor law, Taft-Hartley, Landrum Griffin Act, and benefit legislation.

Units: 3

Prerequisites: LABR 250, LABR 400, or consent of instructor.

Internship with Bay Area labor organization. May involve organizing, research, or participation in special projects. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only)

Units: 1 - 3

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.

Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student.

Units: 1 - 3