Introduction to Labor and Workplace Studies
Fall 2018 - Lectures were all straightforward and well-structured !!! Professor and the guest speakers knew their stuff and were truly awesome! However, don't choose Nina as your TA because she was not helpful or useful whatsoever, and it seemed like she was intentionally avoiding me and my Asian study buddy throughout the entire quarter! Be prepared to feel stupid when you finally see the efforts you put in this interesting diversity class turn out to be a shitty grade without any reason. I hate to say this but THE RACIAL, GENDER WAGE GAPS IN THE U.S. SHOULDN'T ENTITLE ANYONE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INNOCENT AISAN STUDENTS IN ACADEMIA!
Fall 2019 - I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot about Labor Laws that I never knew about that will help me tremendously in my career. There were so many amazing lectures by so many notable speakers. I felt really special getting to hear from everyone. I will say my two pieces of constructive feedback for this class was the how little the final examination was gone over. The other would be having to go to labor events outside of class for five hours. I had trouble fitting the five hours into my schedule because most of the events never landed on a time I could do them, since I am currently taking 21 units and working at 2 studios in downtown LA. Perhaps instead of five hours, four hours might be a bit more doable. I had trouble getting that final hour in. And in terms of the final examination, I simply did not know what to do to study. I thought the papers were good because I found a topic I was passionate about and was able to write ten pages about it. The reflection paper was also a really doable three pages. You do read three simple to understand 80 page-books in this class that are mostly written by the professors describing labor corruption. They have pictures. You also read articles, but none of it is mandatory. Even lecture isn't. But I recommend you go so you understand the concepts better. This class did have a collective-bargaining exercise that was my favorite activity in the class. Basically, you pretend you're either the employers or the workers and you debate your case for different topics like higher vs lower wages. Overall, I learned a lot about the struggles of much of the working class. This class opened my eyes to a lot of corruption that goes on in the world, and gave me inspiration to protect myself and my family as well as others. I would definitely recommend this class to a friend. I had a great time.