Transnational Labor Politics (Poli121)
Offered alternating spring semesters | Next up, Spring 2014
First and second year students only. There are no prerequisites.
Mural at offices of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
This course examines the politics of labor and social justice. To do so, we will read up on US farm work, immigrant workers in Oregon’s national forest land (pineros), and transnational workers in factories (maquiladoras).
In small work groups, students will learn about the practice of social justice through experiential projects in the Willamette Valley. To successfully complete the course, students must dedicate 40 hours learning from a social justice organization over the course of the semester. Given that the classroom will sometimes be the broader Willamette Valley community, this work will inform exams and the final project.
Students may also take this course as an elective in American Ethnic Studies (AES) or Latin American & Latin@ Studies (LALS).