CRN: 72169

Credits : 4


This course presents a narrative of the last 200 years of American History through the lens of the telecommunications worker. As such, it is also a social history, referencing the life of the worker in the context of his/her times and examining shift work patterns and attitudes about work as a function of those times. The tensions between the two major initiatives for the formation of unions, personal/familial gain, and the desire for wholesale social change will be explored as the course moves from the experiences of the earliest linemen and telephone operators to today's sophisticated electronic specialists. Students will be asked to not only study the texts and readings assigned, but to utilize the workplace as "text" for their evaluation of the relevance and contribution of labor unions to the contemporary workplace.

One short research paper and one oral history, each consisting of no more than 7 pages or less than 5 full pages, will be assigned to facilitate the students' synthesis and analysis of the material covered.

Goals and Objectives
  • To answer the question, "What is work?" in the context of his/her own life and work as influenced by this study of 20th Century Labor History.
  • To analyze historical writings for point of view, objectives, and historical/social theory.
  • To articulate the major gains and shortfalls of the U.S. labor movement as experienced by the average citizen over the last century.
  • To evaluate the contributions of three major figures in the telecommunications labor movement in light of today's employment environment.

  • AIT107  Computer Applications

    Course Materials

    Course Topics
    Colonial America and the first Unions  Week 1 Quiz 
    Labor in the 1830's  Week 2 Quiz 
    National Organization  Week 3 Quiz 
    Rise and decline of the Knights of Labor  Week 4 Quiz 
    AFL and the Pullman Strike  1st Research Paper/Oral History Paper 
    The Progressive Era  Week 6 Quiz /1st Paper Due 
    WWI  Week 7 Quiz 
    The New Deal and the CIO  Week 8 Quiz 
    WWII  Week 9 Quiz 
    10  Taft-Hartley Act  Week 10 Quiz
    2nd Research Paper/Oral History Paper Due 
    11  1973 - present  Week 11 Quiz 
    12  Proctored Final Exam  Proctored Final Exam 

    Proctor Information

    Please note that this course requires a proctor. You can read more about the proctoring program and steps needed to obtain an approved proctor by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program.


    There will be a single proctored examination for this course. Specific details will be provided once classes begin under the COURSE INFORMATION section of Blackboard.

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