Labor and Dignity

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Labor and Dignity
Fall 2023
Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya
Section: A

CRN: 15455

Credits: 3

The aim of this course is to provide a humanistic and philosophical guide to thinking about the idea of work with dignity (migrant and undocumented labor, wage discrepancy, the minimum requirements established in societies for the provision of livelihood and its protection, unionization contracts, labor agreements, etc.). Our approach will be to consider this theme through the lens of the historical and theoretical dimensions of a larger and older discourse that has been around for millennia: labor and dignity. We will examine texts that illuminate the strengths and frailties of the concept and consider how it has struggled to maintain itself through history. Our workload each week will consist of individual case studies where the problem of labor and dignity is represented in scriptures, myths, literature, film, philosophy, theater, records of community life, media, and politics.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:40pm EDT 5/31/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:55pm - 2:45pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 9/1/2023 - 12/15/2023