WORKING IN AMERICA
SPRING SEMESTER

Instructor: Dom Franco 
E-mail: dom@domfranco.com
Office: 3025 Cedar Hall
Office Phone: 398-5411 extension 5840
Course Web site: http://www.domfranco.com/ktsworking

Texts:
Sessions, Robert. ed. Working in America Supplemental Readings
Greenhouse, Steven. The Big Squeeze

Course Goals and Objectives:
The basic goal of this course is to explore the world of work from a humanities perspective.

In particular, in this course students will:
 --explore and analyze their own and others' feelings about and attitudes toward work 
--increase their understanding of human expressions about work 
--develop their ability to communicate about basic human experiences such as work 
--learn to look at work and related phenomena through the various methods and modes of expression of the humanities disciplines 
--become more competent in the interpretation of stories and other symbolic expressions 
--better understand the past, present and future of working in America and elsewhere

The HUMANITIES study written texts and other created artifacts, exploring the perennial questions about what it means to be human. They include literature, philosophy, the fine arts, anthropology, history and religion. These disciplines delve into the contradictions and ambiguities that are part of the emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions of human existence. The humanities analyze and critique the values on which a culture depends, thus fostering the attitude of mind that allows us to think about value systems as well as within them. Through the humanities, we come into contact with the human heritage and encounter the challenges of the future.

Required text: Working in America supplemental readings

Methods of Learning and Evaluation:
Since this course depends so strongly on discussion and small group work, it is imperative that you attend class. Not only will you learn many new ideas, but you will learn them well only through discussion. Much will happen in the course that you cannot possibly learn by simply reading at home. Furthermore, the ideas are progressive in the same way that you find in a math class--later material builds on what came before. It is essential that you participate in this course in order to learn the material. If you do not actively participate, the potential benefit of this course will be far less than it could be. Borderline grades will be determined to a large extent on the quality of your participation.

Grades will be calculated approximately as follows: 40% for the three exams, 10% for the interview paper, 10% for the Locke/Smith paper, 20% for the research project, and 20% for the quizzes and exercises.
Final letter grades will be assigned approximately as follows: 

93%-100% = A

 73%-76% = C 

90%-92% = A-

70%-72% = C- 

87%- 89% = B+ 

 67%-69% = D+ 

83%- 86% = B

 63%-66% = D 

80%-82% = B-

60%- 62% = D- 

77%-79% = C+

59% and below =F

Plagiarism Policy:
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional presentation of another person's ideas, work or words as your own. Sources must be properly cited. Please familiarize yourselves with the college policies regarding plagiarism, which states "Kirkwood students are responsible for authenticating any work submitted to an instructor."

Office Hours:
I will give you my office hours in class. If you need to contact me, phone the main switchboard (398-5411)and ask to be connected to my office or call 398-5899 and connect to extension 5840. You can leave a voice-mail message if I am not there. My home number is 351-8029 (Iowa City).  My cell phone number is 621-6649.