Required Core Courses

The following courses are required (20 credits).

 

LBS 2500: Introduction to Labor Studies

Credits: 4

Introduction to labor and employment relations: the essential nature, evolution and purpose of the twenty-first century workplace.

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LBS 4700: Senior Seminar

Credits: 3

Research, reflection, discussion and analysis of labor relations practice. Prereq: consent of instructor.

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PS 6070: Labor and American Politics

Credits: 3

Role of organized labor in American politics. Historical background, including rise of the UAW and its role in Detroit and Michigan politics. Recent declines; future of organized labor as a force in American pol­itics.

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HIS 5290: American Labor History

Credits: 4

Analysis of American workers and unions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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PSY 2100:Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Credits: 3

Psychology as applied to business and industry. Major areas of industrial psychology: selection, place­ment, and training procedures; human factors research. Industrial social psychology: motivational and organizational research and the­ory. Prereq: PSY 1010 or PSY 1020.

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ECO 5480: Economics of Work

Credits: 3

Theoretical and empirical treatment of: labor market characteristics; labor demand and supply; issues of race, gender, and age; compensation and pay; issues of health and pro­ductivity; bargaining processes and the effects of unions; unemploy­ment and job search; globalization. Prereq: ECO 2010 with minimum grade of C.

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Applied and Specialized Curriculum

Four courses (12 credits) must be selected from the following list:

ANT 3150: Anthropology of Business

Credits: 4

Differences between American culture/business practice and the cul­ture/business practice of other countries: assumptions, world view and family structure, organization and language.

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ECO 5400: Labor Economics

Credits: 4

Offered for undergraduate credit only. Economics of labor markets. Determinants of earn­ings and methods of compensation, labor supply and demand, effects of taxes and subsidies on labor supply, choices of occupation and level of schooling, promotion and turnover, employment discrimi­nation, economics of crime and punishment, regulation of profes­sions, unions. Prereq: ECO 2010 with minimum grade of C.

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ECO 5410: Economics of Race and Gender

Credits: 4

Offered for undergraduate credit only. Theory and empirical evidence of race and gender differ­entials in the labor market. Topics include the difference in occupa­tions and earnings, discrimination, poverty, and public policies. Prereq: ECO 2010 with minimum C grade.

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HIS 3360: Black Workers in American History

Credits: 4

Survey course. Slave and free workers during antebellum period; skill trades, sharecropping, menial labor, and coal mining during Reconstruction; labor struggles and job discrimination in the twenti­eth century.

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HIS 5320: Black Labor History

Credits: 3

History of black labor from the colonial period to the present . Topics include the development of a dual racial labor system in America; black workers in the development and evolution of the American labor movement; and black responses to white working class behavior. Prereq: upper-division standing. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

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LBS 4500: Applied Labor Studies

Credits: 3 (max. 12)

Practical training in various labor and employment relations special­ties, such as collective bargaining or labor law. (Labor Relations, Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, and Labor, Politics and Public Policy)

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PSY 5710: Dispute Resolution

Credits: 3

Overview of the processes and actors in the field of dispute resolu­tion including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and conciliation.

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P S 3020: Political Parties and Elections

Credits: 4

Development, structure, functions and operations of American political parties; their electoral and govern­mental roles; comparison with other systems; possible reforms. Prereq: P S 1010 or 1030.

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P S 3030: Political Interest Groups

Credits: 4

Structure, techniques and internal politics of interest groups, their roles in policy-making and relationship with other groups such as political parties, legislatures and administrative agencies. Prereq: P S 1010 or 1030.

 

P S 3040: The Legislative Process

Credits: 4

Function, structure, procedures and poli­tics of American legislative bodies with special attention to Congress. Relationships with other political institutions, especially the executive branch, and comparisons with foreign legislative institutions. Prereq: P S 1010 or 1030.

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SOC 3300: Social Inequality

Credits: 4

Structure and process in society, institutions, communities, and orga­nizations. Scientific analysis of organization, conflict, and change in the economy, government, religion, education, and family.

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SOC 4100: Social Psychology

Credits: 4

An introduction to the major issues in social psychology. Topics such as socialization, social perception, self-conceptions and social defini­tions of selves and situations.

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SOC 5700: Seminar in social Inequality

Credits: 3

Sociological framework for analyzing several inequalities in contem­porary U.S. society. Race, class, and gender as individual topics and as they intersect in society; inequalities in personal life experience. 

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LBS Elective

LBS 4990: Directed Study

Credits: 3 – 6 (max. 6)

Supervised reading and research in labor and employment relations. Prereq: consent of coordinator.

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