Skip to main content

Labor and Film

Course Number
LS214

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course examines the history of unions in the US through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues raised by each film. Each week we will watch a film, analyze it, and discuss our reactions.

Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.
Sign up to be notified when new dates are available.

Schedule & Details

Course

Labor and Film

Labor and Film examines the history of unions and workers in the United States through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues and problems raised by each film and examine how these issues are shaped by important social factors including social class, race/ethnicity and gender. We will pay particular attention to whether workers and their unions are depicted as passive victims of larger social forces or whether they are portrayed as participants in their own destinies. We will also explore how the films depict the relationship between the labor movement and other movements for social change.

KEY TOPICS

  • The historical context of each film

  • How movies shape society's perception of workers and unions

  • When, why and how filmakers changed history to make a "better" story

  • How the perspective of the filmakers shapes the presentation of the narrative

APPROACH AND FEATURES
Each week we will watch a film, analyze it and its historical context, and discuss our reactions.  The short weekly reading will be available as pdf files for download.  A list of DVDs and a link to where they can be purchased will be included in the syllabus.

BENEFITS TO YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION
You and your organization will have a small library of DVDs that can provide labor history education to community organizations sympathetic to labor and as an internal organizing tool.

Customized Delivery

Schedule this program for your organization.

Get Updates

Sign up for notification of new workshop dates.

Have Questions?

This course is part of this certificate

Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Ready to make a difference in your union, organization, or company? Earn your certificate and build essential leadership, negotiation and communication skills with convenient and flexible online courses. The Labor Leadership Skills certificate program is an affordable and rapid-results educational experience that provides skills essential to success in your organization.


  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    Sep 9 - Dec 1, 2020
  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

This tools-building workshop emphasizes the rights of stewards/committee persons in resolving disputes in the workplace. Participants will learn how to protect the grievance process, the equality principle, and how to simplify grievance writing. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program.


  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    Sep 9 - 29, 2020
  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    $199

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

 This course, part of the Online Labor Studies Program, examines the history of workers' efforts to form unions. Discussions focus on how unions can "unionize" their members so they become participants in the mobilization of other workers to support the values of the labor movement.


  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    Sep 21 - Dec 7, 2020
  • Circle with checkmark Icon
    $625

Register for Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

Register for Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union