RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 002 Labor Movements, Inequality and Democracy
Term: FA 2017
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course is a unique opportunity to learn about the past, present and future of the U.S. labor movement — and how changes in labor movement power impact economic inequality and the quality of democracy — from Bob King, one of the most thoughtful U.S. labor leaders of his generation. King hired into the River Rouge plant (UAW Local 600) in 1970 and was elected to ever higher positions in the UAW until he became International President (2010-2014). He was Vice-President for Ford when the 2008 global financial crisis hit, pushing GM and Chrysler to the brink of bankruptcy. We’ll talk about that extraordinary period and what the UAW and the Obama administration did to save the industry. King has also championed a vision of the labor movement as a force for social justice in capitalist societies, building on a tradition of social unionism in the UAW that goes back to its origins in the 1930s. We will talk about why the labor movement needs to return to this tradition if it is to rebuild its power, and what can be done to shift the movement in that direction.

Course Requirements:

Students will be responsible for doing the assigned readings, and for writing two reading responses over the course of the term (everyone will pick their two on the first day of class). Students will also do an “outside assignment” in which they attend or participate in an event relevant to the themes explored in this course, and do a 2 page write-up on this event, explaining how it connects to the themes of the course, and what questions or learning this engagement provoked.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
2RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit
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