Tompkins Cortland Community College

HSTY255 - Labor History

This course focuses on the individual and collective experience of workers from European colonization to the early twentieth century. Students are introduced to some of the major events in the history of the American working class through readings, lecture, online sources, videos and discussions. The course explores the construction of class and class-consciousness; studies changes in union philosophies and activities; and begins to understand the historical forces that helped shape the contemporary workplace. Material unfolds conceptually as the course considers how and why the workforce has changed over time. HSTY 255 fulfils the SUNY General Education American History requirement. Prerequisites: MATH 090 and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall semester.