Work in America is an interdisciplinary course designed to examine
the work experience and the changing characteristics, expectations,
and representations of work. This will include the exploration of
demographic, technological, socio-economic, multi-cultural, ethical,
popular and poetic perspectives.
Attendance is strongly encouraged, as there are many group
Audit Policy: none
Class Participation: Participation
in class discussions and bargaining simulation is of the
Missed Exams and Assignments:
Exams and assignments must be completed in a timely fashion.
Academic Honesty: Cheating will result
in course failure and possible referral for disciplinary
of Incomplete: An incomplete grade of “I”
may be given to a student who has been doing satisfactory
work in a course but, for reasons beyond control of the
student and deemed justifiable by the instructor, had no
completed all requirement for a course when grades were
submitted. A written explanation of the reasons for the
“I” and a date (which must be within one year)
by which all course requirements will be completed must
be forwarded to the office of the Registrar for inclusion
in the student’s permanent record, with copies to
the student and department chairperson.
The instructor will initiate a grade change upon completion
of the course requirements. If no formal grade change occurs
within one year, the “I” automatically coverts
to an “F”. If graduation occurs within the one-year
time period, the Incomplete Grade will convert to an “
F” before graduation.
The course has been designed as a swing course that
can be used by both undergraduates seeking an upper-division elective
or graduate students seeking a one-year certificate in Working-Class
Studies or advanced degree in Business Administration. Prerequisites:
Junior standing and 6 SH of GER approved SI or equivalent, 3 SH.
Core Goals and Competencies
An ability to think critically about work and its commonalities
2. An ability to explain how multiple texts and narratives (including
media, oral histories, polling data, art and music) shape our perspectives
3. An ability to describe how work shapes and is shaped by social,
economic, political and material conditions.
4. An ability to identify and solve problems characterized by uncertainty
using various capacities for thinking and reasoning.
5. An ability to obtain, organize, and use information.
6. An ability to present and interpret information in writing with
clarity and conciseness.
7. An ability to carefully listen and interpret the expressed views
8. An ability to express views orally.
9. An ability to apply academically gained information and skills
in the context of the “real world.”
40% - Midterm examination/Journal
40% - Term paper/Journal
20% - Class participation and discussion
Graduate Grading Policy:
In addition to undergraduates requirements, advanced degree or
certificate students will be required to do supplementary reading
and 15-page writing project involving their area of interest.
For example, this might involve creative writing, a formal paper
involving historical, sociological or cultural analysis, or multi-media
presentation. An abstract of the graduate project must be submitted
by the fifth week of the semester and approved by the instructor.
30% - Midterm/Journal
30% - Term paper/Journal
30% - Graduate project
10% - Participation and discussion
Oxford Book of Work,
edited by Keith Thomas, Oxford University Press.
The State of Working America, 2002/2003, Larry Meshel et
al. Cornell University Press
Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown, Sherry Lee
Linkon and John Russo, University Press of Kansas.
readings, viewings and listening activities will be assigned by