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LABR 250 : Introduction to the Study of Labor

Prerequisites: None
Description: The study of labor in the United States. The nature of work, the development and characteristics of the work force, the history and present nature of labor organizations, and patterns of labor-management relationships.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 251 : Know Your Work Rights

Prerequisites: None
Description: Hands-on approach to understanding basic statutory protections covering California workers, including wage and hour; work place safety, health, and sanitation; workers' compensation; discrimination; union activity; pregnancy and parental leave; discipline and discharge; unemployment and disability insurance; social security, health, and pension benefits.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 300 : Researching Labor Issues

Prerequisites: LABR 250.
Description: Methods of research and analysis used in understanding labor issues. Case studies and contemporary issues selected from such areas as collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation, legislation, regulative and administrative law, employment discrimination and union governance.
Units: 3

LABR 343 : Women and Work

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Position and roles of women in the productive activities of society--paid and unpaid. Patterns of household and work place employment, discrimination in pay and working conditions, relevant laws, explanations for the evolution of patterns. This course is offered as LABR 343 and ANTH 343. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

LABR 473 : Unfree Labor in Early America

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with HIST/ETHS 473. For course description, see HIST 473. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 474 : History of Labor in the United States

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with HIST/ECON 474. For course description, see HIST 474. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LABR 500 : Labor and Government

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of labor-government relations at local, state, and national levels. Consideration of labor's political action in relation to legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and in the electoral process; examination of government's responses as they protect or restrict labor's interest. This course is offered as LABR 500 and PLSI 500. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LABR 510 : Labor Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 101 or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ECON 510. For course description see ECON 510. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 511 : Collective Bargaining

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ECON 511. For course description, see ECON 511. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LABR 525 : Diversity in the Workplace

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: An overview of workplace diversity and strategies to utilize it positively. Theoretical debates and issues related to race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and disability. Ways in which individuals and organizations can maximize benefits through respecting and working with diversity. This course is offered as LABR 525 and ANTH 525. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3

LABR 550 : International Labor

Prerequisites: LABR 250 or consent of instructor; upper division standing.
Description: Analysis of labor's role in the developed economies, East and West, and in developing areas. Theoretical perspectives on international labor. Migration and population as they relate to labor. Impact of trade treaties on labor markets. This course is offered as LABR 550 and I R 450. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

LABR 552 : Comparative Employment Relations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Introduction to the concept of the employment relationship, the main "models" and their key actors; diversity at work to 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.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LABR 553 : Labor Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Introduction to an overview of recent academic debates on Corporate Social Responsibility, International Labor Standards and "decent work." Codes of conduct, monitoring, and certification/labeling/ transparency. This course is offered as LABR 553 and SOC 553. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 554 : Themes in Comparative Employment Relations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Introduction to the main "models" that have been used in comparative analysis of national systems of employment relations; the Anglo-Saxon, Japanese, and European social models; discussion of the appropriateness of these models in understanding transforming economies. This course is offered as LABR 554 and SOC 554. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

LABR 555 : Labor Rights in the Global Economy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Key themes concerning labor rights in the global economy; focus on core labor rights identified by the UN: freedom of association, freedom from child labor; freedom from coerced labor, and freedom from discrimination. This course is offered as LABR 555 and SOC 555. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 570 : Urban Health Policy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with USP/PLSI 570. For course description, see USP 570. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Making Cities Humane
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 650 : Labor Law: An Introduction and Overview

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An overview of the history and development of the National Labor Relations Act, public sector and farm labor law, Taft-Hartley, Landrum Griffin Act, and benefit legislation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LABR 695 : Union Internship

Prerequisites: LABR 250, LABR 400, or consent of instructor.
Description: Internship with Bay Area labor organization. May involve organizing, research, or participation in special projects. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

LABR 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair.
Description: Supervised study of a particular problem selected by the student.
Units: 1-3
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