Five College Consortium

Work

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Political Science
Course Number: 
145
Institution: 
Amherst College

[SC] This course will explore the role of work in the context of American politics and society. We will study how work has been understood in political and social theory by considering the scholarship of John Locke, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Judith Shklar, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Luc Boltanski, and others. We will also consider ethnographic studies that explore how workers experience their lives inside organizations and how workplaces transform in response to changing legal regulations. These theoretical and empirical explorations will provide a foundation for reflections about how work structures opportunities in democratic societies and how re-imagining work might unleash human potential. The course will ground these questions about the role of work in the context of American politics and society. At the broadest level we will ask: Do citizens in a liberal society have a right to engage in meaningful work and earn a living wage? What is the changing nature of work in a neoliberal society? What are the goals of the state in regards to the production of a future workforce? What are the impacts of employment discrimination, occupational segregation, and wage disparity based on race or gender?


Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
POSC-145-01-1718S

Course Sections

Work
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Kristin Bumiller kbumiller@amherst.edu TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM FAYE 217