HIST160 History of American Labor

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST160 History of American Labor
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
A study of the development of American Labor, the forces shaping that development, and the role of labor in American society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To trace the historical, cultural, economic and sociological development of American labor and the Union movement from colonial times to the contemporary era
    2. To gain an appreciation of the unique role which the Union movement has played in shaping American society
    3. To analyze failures of the Union movement in American society.
    4. To demonstrate the relevancy of the study of labor history in order to understand properly this contemporary, technological age.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. The Colonial Era-The Beginnings
    2. The Nineteenth Century-The shaping of urban, middle class society
    3. Early modern unionization-the other side of conventional history
    4. Modern unionization in the Twentieth century
    5. Issues of contemporary unionization
    6. Crises and problems of the contemporary high-tech age
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Classroom lecture, discussion, and written responses

Review/Approval Date -3/99