Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Social History of Work

 Title Abbreviation:   WORKING: CHANGES/CHOICES

 Department:    SOSC

 Course #:    190

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     Yes

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    451010

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

This course traces the historical roots of work, working conditions and attitudes towards work, as well as the impact of all these on individuals, families and groups in society, including women, children and ethnic groups.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a "C" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the historical context of work and the development of the ""work ethic""
  2. Identify elements of the history of work and labor in the U.S., including the roles of children, women and ethnic groups
  3. Understand how attitudes toward work vary, depending on historical and economic conditions and factors like class, gender, age and ethnicity
  4. Understand how and why attitudes toward work change
  5. Understand the relationship between society's expectations about work and working conditions and the way individuals perceive themselves, their families and their communities

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. The history of work and the ""work ethic""
  2. The history of work and labor in the U.S., including the roles children, women and ethnic groups
  3. The nature of attitudes towards work and working
  4. The impact of work and working conditions on individuals, families and communities