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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
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. Course 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; and
    4. To demonstrate the relevancy of the study of labor history in order to understand properly this.
  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 Course Learning Goals

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

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -3/99; New Core 8/2015