Work and Workers’ Movements in the Globalized Political Economy


What is the situation of workers today? How does their situation differ by race, gender, sexual orientation, nativity/country of origin? How have workers attempted to improve their status—both through unions and related movements and through lobbying for changes in government policy? And how has increased globalization (with accompanying increases in capital flight and immigration) impacted these issues? This course will address these topics from a theoretical, historical, and legal/public policy perspective, with an eye to contextualizing and understanding current-day labor struggles. As part of the requirements for the course, students will be expected to engage in, and reflect upon, a service-learning project with a New York City labor-related organization such as an immigrant worker center, a labor union, or an advocacy organization.