An interdisciplinary introduction to the nature, scope, and methodology of Labor Studies. Students will examine the problems and opportunities that a globalized economy poses for worker rights. Guest lectures by Labor Studies faculty members from the humanities and social sciences, business, and health services on specific topics and/or case studies.


A. Learning Goals for Labor Studies Colloquium:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify questions on the nature and meaning of work in the global economy;

  2. evaluate these questions by drawing from historical, sociological, religious, and economic insights;

  3. assess the mission, effectiveness, and goals of labor related organizations,

  4. articulate responses to moral and ethical questions in regards to labor, with specific attention to the Catholic social tradition.

B. Learning Goal for all RELS-200 Level Course

RELS 200 Goal: By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • “Demonstrate understanding of Catholicism, including its worldview, ethics, history, text, and/or intercultural relations historically and at present”