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Polt 314 - Seminar: Labor in the Global Economy
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Oberlin College Department of Politics Politics 314 Seminar Labor in the Global Economy Spring 2004 Professors Marc Blecher and Steve Crowley Marc Blecher Rice 224 phone x58493 Marc Blecher Oberlin Edu Office hours Tuesday Thursday 3 00 4 30 Steve Crowley Rice 211 phone x58286 Steve Crowley Oberlin Edu Office hours Wednesday 1 30 3 00 and by appointment Class meets Wednesday 7 9 PM King 325 How have workers fared under the latest developments of capitalism in Asia Eastern Europe and Russia and Latin America How have they been affected by globalization What changes have occurred on the shopfloor in incomes in labor markets and in communities What difference has politics made in cushioning or exacerbating these effects How have workers responded economically and politically These are the questions that motivate inquiry in Politics 314 Politics 314 Labor in the Global Economy Page 2 The seminar will involve reading and discussing a number of different perspectives and debates about labor under late twentieth and early twenty first century capitalism the impact of globalization on labor around the world and the conflict these processes have generated Through these readings and discussions we will jointly explore and debate ideas hypotheses and theoretical models that should prove fruitful in writing your research paper Since this is a seminar we expect you to complete the weekly reading and come to class prepared to discuss the issues raised The first nine sessions will involve critical discussion of the readings By the end of Tuesday before each class you are to post comments and at least two discussion questions about the week s reading on our seminar s Blackboard discussion board These will form the basis for our discussions and are essential for the success of that enterprise Then on each Wednesday before class take a few moments to log in to the discussion board to read what everyone has written You can find Blackboard at http bb oberlin edu FAQ for students can be found at http www oberlin edu OCTET Bb FAQ Students htm The extended research paper approximately 20 25 pages will comprise a major part of the course To make completing the paper more manageable we will break the research and writing into a number of components according the following schedule a meeting with one of us to define a topic sometime before class meeting of March 10 a 1 2 page proposal for your research topic which should include a statement of your research question s justification of the topic in terms of its interest and importance any anticipated problems and proposed solutions due March 17 an annotated bibliography which identifies and evaluates a variety of research materials due March 24 a 1 2 page introduction to your paper including your thesis statement due April 2 a detailed outline of your paper due April 14 a meeting with the instructor to discuss your progress something during the week of April 19 a draft of your paper due April 28 a presentation of your works in progress to the class the last three sessions will be devoted to these presentations and discussion of your papers in progress the final paper along with your draft s and the other above materials will be due May 14 the last day permitted by College regulations Politics 314 Labor in the Global Economy Page 3 We will evaluate your work according to the following weighting Class participation including your regular postings to the Blackboard discussion board and the presentation to the class 50 Research paper 50 Please take careful note of these proportions They reflect our conviction that the daily process of participating in the course by reading thinking and contributing to everyone else s learning in discussion is as important to your learning as the paper you will write In the past students who assumed that the paper was their only responsibility for the course were unpleasantly surprised at the end of the semester Please purchase the following books which are available from the Oberlin College bookstore Hagen Koo Korean Workers The Culture and Politics of Class Formation Kim Moody Workers in a Lean World Dani Rodrik Has Globalization Gone Too Far Schedule of Classes Topics Readings and Assignments February 12 Introduction February 19 Labor and Globalization Chris Tilly and Charles Tilly Work Under Capitalism chapters 1 2 Charles Tilly Global Flows of Labor and Capital International Labor and Working Class History Spring 1995 Jeffrey Harrod Power Production and the Unprotected Worker pp 183 233 Workers in an Integrating World World Development Report 1995 World Bank overview chapters 1 2 Kim Moody Workers in a Lean World chapter 2 3 February 26 The Debate over Sweatshops Michael Piore The Economics of the Sweatshop in Andrew Ross ed No Sweat Fashion Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn Two Cheers for Sweatshops New York Times Magazine Sept 24 2000 Jeffrey Harrod Power Production and the Unprotected Worker part 2 and chapter 4 Jeremy Seabrook In the Cities of the South chapters 1 3 6 Politics 314 Labor in the Global Economy Page 4 March 3 Labor in Mexico Dan La Botz Mask of Democracy chapters 1 2 4 7 and Conclusion John Audley et al NAFTA s Promise and Reality Lessons from Mexico for the Hemisphere on e res United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America Mexican Labor Year in Review http www ueinternational org Mexico info mlna articles php id 67 222 Worker Rights Consortium Investigation Re Complaint Against Kukdong Mexico Preliminary Findings And Recommendations January 24 2001 on E res Worker Rights Consortium Investigation Re Complaint Against Kukdong Mexico Report And Recommendations June 20 2001 pp 1 14 on E res Centro de Apoyo al Trabajador La Lucha Sigue Stories from the People of the Kukdong Factory on E res Robin Alexander and Peter Gilmore A Strategic Alliance Across Borders in Ray Tillman and Michael Cummings eds The Transformation of US Unions March 10 Labor in Korea Meet with one of us before this class to define your topic Hagen Koo Korean Workers March 17 Labor in India and China Research proposal due Patrick Heller The Labor of Development introduction and chapters 5 7 and conclusion Xiaobo Lu Transition Globalization and Changing Industrial Relations in China in Candland and Sil The Politics of Labor in a Global Age Ching Kwan Lee From the Specter of Mao to the Spirit of the Law Labor Insurgency in China Theory and Society 31 April 2002 Marc Blecher Hegemony and


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