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Hwasook Bergquist Nam
HIST 449
Seattle Campus

Issues in Comparative Labor History

Role of labor in the modern world. Emphasis on the centrality of workers' struggles in the evolution of national societies on the conceptual, research, and expository strategies of contemporary students of the labor movement and on differences and relationships between labor in developed and underdeveloped countries.

Class description

The literature on East Asian economic development and that on worker activism have developed in relative isolation. This course examines the ways popular activism shaped economic development and politics, and vice versa, during the 20th century by comparing the cases of Korea and Japan, and, to a lesser extent, China.

The course focuses on the evolution of different industrial-relations systems and labor politics in the twentieth century through an analysis of cultural, historical, structural, ideological, and geopolitical factors. Gender and ethnic politics are also emphasized, as are the impacts of colonialism, imperialism, late development, and geopolitics in the region.

Student learning goals

Improve critical thinking and reading skills

Improve writing skills

Develop effective oral communication skills through class discussions

Develop capacity to analyze diverse viewpoints and interpretations

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Hwasook Bergquist Nam
Date: 02/01/2009