Metropolitan State University

MAPL 630 : Labor Organizing

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
MAPL 630 is a concentration course in the Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) track within the Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) Program. The course will examine why and how working people form and join labor unions, historical background, applicable laws, basic organizing concepts, different organizing models, types of unions and how they operate, current state of the unions, challenges for organizing and innovative approaches to meeting those challenges.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/23/2014 - 05/05/2015
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Value the dignity of work and the dignity of all workers.
  2. Know about some current labor organizing efforts in Minnesota and around the nation, and how workers and organizers are innovating to meet challenges.
  3. Know credible information sources for research on unions and labor issues.
  4. Understand the relationship between power and organization and the value of solidarity.
  5. Understand the fundamental human and legal rights of workers and challenges they face in the U.S. and around the world.
  6. Know what labor unions are and do in the workplace, in local communities, in the political arena and internationally.
  7. Be acquainted with the defining events and major themes of U.S. and Minnesota Labor History.
  8. Understand the difference between institution-building and social movement organizing.
  9. Grasp the idea of strategic capacity and its sources.
  10. Appreciate the purpose and value of relational meetings in organizing.
  11. Be acquainted with other basic labor organizing concepts.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information