Courses

Labor and Community Studies

LACR 15, Latin American Workers in the Americas
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course bridges Labor Studies and Latin American/ Latino/a/x Studies by comparing the histories of realities of Latin American workers in the US and Latin America. Traces the parallel histories of Latin American and Latino workers and the ways in which politics, economics and social movements shape their experiences.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

LBCS 15=LALS 15

LACR 70A, Who Built America? From the Colonial Era to the Civil War and Reconstruction
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A multicultural, working people’s history of the early United States. Native Americans, Africans and Europeans. Latinos and Asians. Farmers, shoemakers and slaves. Revolution and expansion. Abolishing slavery, establishing workers’ and women’s rights. Cooperative communities and unions. The Civil War and Emancipation. American ideals and American realities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 70A, Who Built America? 1492-1877
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A multicultural, working people's history of the early United States. Native Americans,
Africans and Europeans. Latinos and Asians. Farmers, shoemakers, and slaves.
Revolution and expansion. Abolishing slavery, establishing workers' and women's rights.
Cooperative communities and unions. The Civil War and Emancipation. American ideals
and American realities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 70B, Who Built America? From Reconstruction to the Present
Lec-52.5 field trips

A multicultural, post-Civil War history of the United States from the perspective of its working people. Native Americans, Africans and Europeans. Territorial expansion, Unions, the Progressive Movement, World War I. The Depression, the New Deal, World War II. Cold War, Civil Rights, the Sixties and the global economy today.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 81, Organizing for Economic and Social Justice
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

The class will examine the strategies and tactics of organizing for economic, racial and social justice in various settings. Workplace and community organizing. Unions and workers' centers. Labor-community coalition building. The effectiveness of different approaches to building labor and community power in the current historical context.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 88, California Labor History
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

History of California's working people and their quest for social justice, encompassing the state's diverse regions, races and cultures. Examines early Native Peoples, the Spanish conquest, and Chinese workers and the railroads. Studies agricultural, industrial, service and public sector workers, the tech sector, and the impact of economic inequality on society. Explores strategies used by workers, unions, worker centers, and community organizations advocating for workers power.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 94D, Labor Relations in America
Lec-17.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 186 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A study of United States labor relations and employment rights. Includes labor history, economics and law, as well as contemporary issues in various industries. Labor relations and employment rights as they have shaped American society.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 96C, Labor Relations in the Modern American Workplace
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A study of labor relations in general and through the lens of specific industries. Course explores workplace power: its history, present status, and current issues. Topics include forms of ownership, the structure of the workplace, the changing workforce, management practices, unionization, workers' rights, and current developments. A thorough analysis of labor relations and employment rights as they affect the economy, society and culture.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 98A, Beginning Labor Heritage Chorus
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

The beginning study of choral techniques and performances of the songs that reflect workers of diverse cultures such as Native American chants, folk and labor ballads, field hollers, African-Amercian cowboy songs, Chicano farm and border songs, Labor Motown, Asian-American work songs and songs of working women's experiences.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 98B, Intermediate Labor Heritage Chorus
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: LBCS 98A or MUS 48A or demonstration of exit skills

The intermediate study of choral techniques and performances of the songs that reflect workers of diverse cultures. These include Native American chants, folk and labor ballads, field hollers, African-American cowboy songs, Chicano farm and border songs, Labor Motown, Asian-American work songs and songs of working women's experiences. Students will develop a more complex choral singing capacity and ability to sing in solos and small groups within chorus performances.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 98C, Advanced Labor Heritage Chorus
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: LBCS 98B or MUS 48B or demonstration of exit skills

Advanced Labor Chorus is designed to further develop choral music and knowledge of labor songs from various periods in American history. Students will develop advanced choral techniques and repertoire with an increased focus on the development of a self-directed creative process within the labor song tradition.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 103, Peer Counseling-the Basics
Lec-18 P/NP Available

Training for volunteer peer counselors in the areas of substance abuse, strike and emergency assistance, unemployment, and related workplace problems. Covers information and referral issues as well as communication skills necessary to peer counseling.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 104A, Work Tales- Beginning Performance
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Introductory study of labor and community theater. Creating stories of work and working people. Use of writing exercises and improvisation to create monologues and short scenes. Rehearsals and performance of original work.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 114, Shaping Public Policy for Labor and Community Organizations
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Public policy shapes our workplaces, neighborhoods, the criminal justice system, and the environment. This course examines the role of policy making in working-class communities and communities of color. Particular attention will be given to local policy formation and the ways that labor and community organizations can influence the process for the benefit of all.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 115, Workforce Development & Land Use For Labor & Community Groups
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The course examines the ways that workforce and housing development policies shape the lives of working-class communities. Particular attention will be given to the ways that city and county governments contend with a shifting global economy, changing federal priorities and regional job training and affordable housing needs.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
LACR 9802, Workers' Rights

This course covers students’ rights on the job under federal, state and local law and in the union and nonunion workplace. It examines wage and hour, job security, anti-discrimination, health and safety and collective bargaining protections. Students will learn how to organize effectively for fair conditions at work.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
LACR 9805, San Francisco Labor Today - Its Issues

An overview of the various organizations within the San Francisco labor community, their work and their issues. Unions, workers' centers and community-based advocacy organizations. Organizing for a better work life, building labor-community coalitions and telling working people's stories. People of color, immigrant, women's and LGBT workers' rights. The "Si, Se Puede" spirit in Bay Area labor today.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
LACR 9806, Workers' Advocacy Training

Introduction to the role of the workers' advocate. Union, workers' center and government agency advocacy. Organizing for social, racial and economic justice. Employment rights laws. Shop stewards and union contract enforcement. Labor-community solidarity.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
LACR 9812, Organizing for Transformation

Brings working peoples' voices to the forefront of society and social change movements. Explores communications campaigns, oral history projects, public speaking, media relations and labor and community arts programs. Special emphasis is put on students telling their own stories and those of their communities, workers centers and unions. Taking organizing deeper and further - into the heart and soul of workers lives.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
LACR 9815, Labor and Community Activist Training

Prepares students to advocate for improvements in their wages, working and living conditions in a variety of settings. Includes identifying issues, planning and campaign evaluation. Preparation for volunteer and paid work in union, community, and electoral activism.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit