1 Class Number: LABR 552/SOC 552 Class Title: Diversity in the Workplace Spring 2017 Class Description : Course Prerequisite: Upper division standing. In this class we will examine international comparative employment systems. The course offers an introduction to the concept of the employment relationship, the main “models” and their key actors, diversity at work and 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.) Class Instructor: Diane F. Frey Office: NA Office Hours: By Appointment Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Name: Mariah McGill Email: [email protected] Course Goals We are going to examine the ‘state of the art & literature’ on comparative employment relations. We will build a solid foundation on the conceptual and theoretical approaches to employment in comparative perspective and examine contrasting national employment systems. Throughout our examinations and analysis, we will be looking for the causes for persistent differences and forces that may cause employment systems to converge • Explore theoretical perspectives explaining distinct employment systems • Understand what is meant by an employment system “model” • Examine the impact of neoliberal globalization and Europeanization on employment systems • Learn about the distinctive roles that employment system actors such as labor unions and employer organizations take in different national settings. • Examine the impact of distinctive employment systems on the experience of work • Closely analyze an example of an international labor right to examine its diffusion and contestation in different national contexts.
2 • Learn about the transformation as well as continuity of employment systems in transition from socialist/communist to capitalist relations • Analyze how employment systems interact with politics, economics and social movements • Improve reading, analytical, and discussion skills. • Improve writing skills. • Create a productive, respectful and creative learning environment and intellectual community in class. Communications Mariah McGill, the course TA and I will usually log onto the course daily to read forum posts and emails. If you email me my response time is typically same-day, but might occasionally be 36 hours. If I am unavailable for a period of time, you will be notified. Course Materials Textbook: Frege, C and Kelly, J. (Eds) (2013) Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy, London and New York: Routledge. The text is available at the SFSU bookstore or on Amazon). In addition, I have purchased two copies of the textbook, which are housed in the reserve section of the library.
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