Reflect on the role of time in industrial work as presented in the videos and texts this week. How does this compare or contrast with our own conceptions of work and time? How has the pandemic shifted our views on when, where, and how we work? Refer to at least one of this week’s readings as an example in your post.
Term Essay part 1
we explored the Wagner Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Workers’ Rights are also themes that emerge in the readings and videos. In a written essay
Select at least two readings or videos from our course which address the dangers and/or drawbacks of work.
Now, explain how either the Wagner Act or Fair Labor Standards Act addressed the conditions described in these pieces. For example, you may find a reading that addressed long hours and dangerous conditions. Introduce that reading, and the part of the reading which includes this example, and explain how workers’ rights legislation addressed these dangers and drawbacks. What may have changed for the workers in our readings/videos? What did not change?
You may craft your assignment in the form of a 2-3 page written essay
please also see attached term essay reading packet
Term Essay part 2
Choose two of the three following prompts for your midterm response. At least one response should be a 2-3 page [275-550 words] essay. The second can be an essay or PowerPoint. You must draw from videos and readings we have covered in class so far; outside material and a bibliography are not needed. Be sure to address each part of the prompt, provide specific details, and carefully proofread your writing.
Poems such as “Digging” and some of our videos on the agrarian and craft life show that work can be more than a job; it can be connected to family and community. Choose two of our readings or videos and comment on the ways in which work or the work ethic can unite more than one generation of a family.
Some texts address the pleasures and satisfaction of work. Choose two readings or videos and compare and contrast the ways in which they depict the positive aspects of work.
In the Week 6 Overview, we read a quote by economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin about the changing nature of time relating to work. He also said: “Without the clock, industrial life would not have been possible. The clock conditioned the human mind to perceive time as external, autonomous, continuous…Time was snatched away from its biological and environmental moorings and locked up inside the gears of an automated machine that now parceled it out in steady, nondescript beats.” (103) Reflect on the role of time in the working life. Select at least two readings or videos and explain how they relate to Rifkin’s quotes. How does this compare or contrast with our own conceptions of work and time?
Use all assignments above for reference to this assignment. Do not use readings, poems, or videos below this for this assignment.
Assignment 4- work and identity refection
In your reflection this week, comment on the first book of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. How does Gregor’s situation help us understand work as a shaper of identity? Write 1-2 pages [275-550 words, double-spaced] and reference particular moments and/or quotes from the text that support your views.
As always, use MLA for in-text and works cited citations.
Discussion 3- The struggle for equality
Every person in the United States falls under one of the following categories: We are either descendent from 1) indigenous persons; 2) refugees; 3) enslaved Africans; 4) immigrants; 5) or are international adoptees (children adopted from other nations by American adoptive parents). In a country built on such rich diversity, we continue to wrestle with the idea of inclusion and equity.
Choose a poem, story, or video from this week that moved you the most relating to those who find themselves as outsiders in the country they might find challenging to call home. Post your own views and lived experiences as it relates either in or out of the workplace.
Discussion 4- immigrant experience
Read the text and view the images in the Immigrants Mean Business digital exhibit. Post your thoughts on these questions in a page or so (250-300 words). Support your response by giving specific examples from at least three of the businesspeople highlighted.
What are some of the personal and community challenges these immigrant entrepreneurs face in coming to the United States, in starting a business, and/or in facing the pandemic?
What do you think it means to have an “American” business?
How do these stories relate to some of the themes of the working life that we have explored this term?
Reading- businesspeople highlighted
Discussion 5- impact of covid and the future of work
Our readings and podcast this week focus on the service industry as well as shed light on the ways in which the current pandemic has impacted work.
Share your thoughts about the future of work. How do you think the current pandemic will impact work (short and/or long term)?
Choose one or two of our readings this week that connected with you. How they relate to your own experience with COVID?
Final Term Essay part 1
Choose two of the following prompts. At least one response should be a 2-3 page [275-550 words] essay. The second can be an essay or PowerPoint. You may draw from any of the videos and readings we have covered in class; outside material and a bibliography are not needed. Be sure to address each part of the prompt, provide specific details, and carefully proofread your writing.
The idea of “home” in relation to working (or not working) has been a part of several pieces we have encountered this term. Choose at least two of our readings or videos from this term and discuss how they deal with this aspect of the working life.
Some texts express the desperation felt by workers who find themselves outside the working world because of the loss of a job or industry. Select two of our readings or videos and compare and contrast how the workers in these pieces deal with the prospect of not having work.
Comment on one aspect of the role of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in our working lives. How might these aspects shape our workplace experiences? Choose at least two of our readings or videos from this term to support your response.
Our working life is a significant part of our identity. Choose at least two of our readings or videos from this term and explore what they say about our identity as workers or as unemployed/displaced workers in our contemporary world.
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Final term essay part 2
In our contemporary work, we seem to be perpetually busy in a fast-paced existence. Many of us find it challenging to disconnect from our phones or social media and allow ourselves a change to rest and recharge. Work – life balance seems critical in ensuring that we are able to earn a living, follow our passions, and have time for family, friends, and other interests.
When we choose not to work or are forced to not work (as is Gregor in The Metamorphosis or many of us during COVID quarantine),
Can we separate ourselves from the working world? Explain.
How much is work affecting our leisure?
What are some strategies for achieving work / life balance?
Reflect on these questions and write a final reflection in 1-2 pages [275-550 words, double-spaced]. Discuss at least one of the readings or videos from this course and explain how they compare/contrast with your own views on work and life balance. Be specific; refer to the work by title and author (if applicable) and include passages or quotes that support your ideas.
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