Work in America: Mgt 5845  
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Description-----Course Policies-----Prerequisites-----Goals-----Grading Policy-----Texts

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Course Description
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.
Course Policies
Attendance: Attendance is strongly encouraged, as there are many group activities.

Audit Policy: none

Class Participation: Participation in class discussions and bargaining simulation is of the utmost importance.

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 action.

Grades 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.


Prerequisites
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

1. An ability to think critically about work and its commonalities and differences.
2. An ability to explain how multiple texts and narratives (including media, oral histories, polling data, art and music) shape our perspectives about work.
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 of other.
8. An ability to express views orally.
9. An ability to apply academically gained information and skills in the context of the “real world.”

Grading Policy

Undergraduate Grading Policy:
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


Required Texts
The 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.

Additional readings, viewings and listening activities will be assigned by the instructor.