The Future of Work

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Future of Work

Fall 2019

Taught By: Scott Martin

Section: A

CRN: 7485

Credits: 3

The wide-ranging impacts of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution are reshaping patterns of work and upending the standard employment relationship across the global North and South as well as transforming those laboring in the “precariat” and informal economy. At the same time, there is a burgeoning political backlash at “Big Tech,” including these companies’ questionable labor practices as direct and indirect employers through global value chains and subcontracting. Robotics, automation, the sharing or gig economy, and “green jobs” are a few of the major flashpoints of transformation and policy debate. What evidence is there of “labor without workers” and what can and should public policy do to confront perhaps unprecedented net job displacement and ensure long-term “employability”? What happens to standards and norms of “decent work” in the context of digitalization of work and cross-border value chain interactions? What are the prospects for national and local arrangements of social provision and care as well as skill formation and job placement, structured till now around seemingly archaic expectations like stable employment relationships, single-occupation careers, and a fixed, standard workday and workweek? What can be done to foster better working and labor standards and career ladders in expanding new sectors of employment such as “green jobs” and care-sector jobs? Could influential contemporary proposals and experiments with a universal basic income help smooth the path toward a digital economy with less traditional labor while also addressing inequality and sustainability challenges?

NOTE: This course was formerly titled "Globalized Labor."
This course is part of the Global Governance concentration and Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 6:00am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1107

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019