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54-105_Syllabus - Course Outline University of Windsor...

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Course Outline University of Windsor Labour Studies 54-105 Professor: Mike Bratton Lectures Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11:20 Chrysler Hall South RM#53 Office Hrs.: Fridays 11am-1pm or by appointment Location: Chrysler Hall South, Room 256 Teaching Assistants: tba Course Description: This course will focus on the description and analysis of the changing nature of work in the 21 st century. The transformations in the labour market and the labour force will be examined with an emphasis on the numerous causes and varied consequences of those changes. Particular attention will be paid to the real life implications for both working and out of work people . Labour will, necessarily, be examined in relation to social policy and, ultimately, the larger social order. The role of trade unions, businesses, and governments impacting the realities of contemporary working (and out of work) life in the era of neoliberal globalization are themes that will resonate throughout this course from start to finish. An extraordinarily important and profound question that is relevant to everything we examine in this course is posed by renowned sociologist, Wallace Clement, in the foreword (p.vii) of our text: “What makes people available for work and work available for people?” This course is designed to get students thinking about this question in order to: 1.) have a more informed and humane understanding of the nature of the contemporary world that transcends the lack of understanding that is quite common in conventional public opinion and which often impacts public policy; and 2.) to get students to use their experiential knowledge (life experience) to bring to life the issues we address in the class. Required Reading: Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs: The Transformation of Work in the 21 st Century Duffy, Gelenday & Pupo. Harcourt Brace & Company Canada Limited, 1997. Course Grading: All students must write the mid-term (20%), final (25%), and complete the assignment due February 14 (20%). All students are also expected to participate in the weekly in- class group work. This will involve discussing (with colleagues) your views and experiences with the labour and social issues we address in class, and having a group representative orally report back to the class (15%).
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Students must choose ONE of three options to complete the remaining (20%) requirement for the course: 1.) a group presentation based on a selected chapter from the text 2.) a book review from the list of books presented below; or 3.) creating a display, exhibit, or reporting on the Windsor Labour Arts Festival Heritage Day (January 29 th ) . (Students choosing option 3 should meet with me VERY early in the term to discuss this option in detail). The Labour Arts Festival website is http://labourartsfest.tripod.com Mid-Term 20% Final ( Tuesday, April 19 at 08:30am ) 25% Group Presentation OR Book Review (March 21) OR Labour Arts Festival Exhibit (Jan.29) 20% Assignment (due February 14th) 20% In-Class Group Work 15% Group Presentations: The class will break into groups of 3 to 5 people to prepare a
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