Introduction to Labor and Workplace Studies
Spring 2021 - I took my first labor studies class with Emely and became very interested in the subject. She and Kent Wong were so informative and helpful and always brought well-informed speakers to class. They were very generous with students and helped us all at every step. 10/5 recommend
Fall 2021 - I loved this class! An extremely fun and easy GE. Professor Wong and Valenzuela are awesome and have done so much for the social justice movement, so it's such a privilege to learn from them as well as the other speakers they bring in for the lectures. The lectures are so relevant and I felt like I learned a lot from this class. Your grade is based on two papers (which are easy to do), a participation grade in your discussion, and a multiple-choice final. As long as you have an interest in the topic and pay attention in lectures, you'll ace the class.
Fall 2020 - Professor Valenzuela really cares about his students. Even with remote learning during covid, his lectures were engaging and the assigned material provides great inspiration for the final research paper. Students get an overview of labor history and current labor campaigns. He also invites guest speakers who are active in those campaigns so they can give first-hand experience to reinforce the reading materials. The textbooks are actually books published by the UCLA Labor Center and they're very reasonably priced, you can get them in a bundle from the Labor Center website.