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Labour Studies 332/Soci ology 332/Women's and Athabasca
Gender Studies 332 University
Women and Unions (Rev. A2)
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Assignment 1
Assignment 1: Four Summaries
Tip: It is a good idea to read through and think about this
assignment before you begin working through Unit 1.
Click here for a PDF file of Assignment 1 to save and/or print
Weight: 15% of your final grade
Length: Four summaries of 200 to 250 words each (800 to 1000 words
total)
Due: After you have completed Unit 1
Purpose: The purpose of Assignment 1 is to help you develop your
critical reading skills, and ease you into thinking and writing critically
about academic material before you tackle the longer essay.
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Instructions: Write summaries for few I tate five articles from the
Reading Assignments in Unit 1. Each summary should be about 200 to
250 words long, for a total of about 800 to 1000 words for the whole
assignment. Remember that 250 to 275 words is equivalent to one
double-spaced, typed page, so your completed Assignment 1 should be
about 3 to 4 pages long.
In your summary, identify and summarize the author's main argument
and indicate how the author supports the argument with evidence. If the
author is drawing on a particular country and/or trade union, summarize
the author's key argument with reference to the country or the
particular trade union the article is focused on. If the author makes
several different points in the article, try to focus on the author's key
point/main argument. See How to Write a Summary for detailed advice.
Your summaries must include the following information:
e a full bibliographic reference for the article in APA format atthe
beginning of your summary
e the name(s) of the author(s) of the article under review
e the title of the article
e the article’s main argument
e the article’s main evidence for that argument
 

Assignment 2: Critical Review Essays
Tip: It is a good idea to read and think about this assignment
before you begin working through Unit 2.
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Weight: 15% of your final grade
Length: Two essays of 450 to 500 words each (900 to 1000 words total)
Due: After you have completed Unit 2
Purpose: The purpose of Assignment 2 is to help you develop your
critical reading skills, and ease you into thinking and writing critically
about academic material before you tackle the longer essay. Another
purpose is to focus your reading and writing on the key issues for Unit 2.
Instructions: Write two critical review essays. These essays constitute
one assignment and must be submitted at the same time. Each essay
must be about 450 to 500 words long, or a total of about 900 to 1000
words for the whole assignment. Remember that 250 to 275 words is
equivalent to one double-spaced, typed page, so your entire Assignment
2 should be about 4 to 5 pages long.
1. Your first critical review must be of the following article from Unit
2, Section 2.1: Gill Kirton, “The Influences on Women Joining and
Participating in Unions,” in the Reading File.
2. Your second critical review must be one (not both) of the following
articles in Unit 2, Section 2.2:
Edmund Heery and John Kelly, “Do Female Representatives Make
a Difference? Women Full-Time Officials and Trade Union Work,”
in the Reading File.
or
Julie White, “Moving Up: Women into Union Leadership,” in the
Reading File.
A critical review essay summarizes the specific work being considered
and offers a critical discussion of that work. Your essay must include the
following information:
e a full bibliographic reference for the article in APA format at the
beginning of your summary ee
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e the name(s) of the author(s) of the article under review
e the title of the article
e the article's main argument
e the article's main evidence for that argument
In addition, Assignment 2 must include a critical review of the articles.
This means you must include a brief assessment of Strengths and
weaknesses of each article. To determine the article's strengths and
weaknesses, you might reflect on the following questions: Do you agree
- with the article's findings? Why, or why not? Does the article present an
important argument? Why, or why not? Is there enough evidence
provided in the article to support the article’s argument? How did the |
author(s) find that evidence? |
Note: Failure to include a full bibliographic reference for the article at |
oedee ne of your summary using APA style will result in a reduced
Be sure to call your tutor if you have any questions or if you want to
discuss Assignment 2.

 

Tip: It is a good idea to read and think about this assignment

before you begin working through Unit 3 and Unit 4.
Click here for a PDF file of Assignment 3 to save and/or print
Weight: 30% of your final grade
Length: 1500 to 2000 words
Due: After you have completed Unit 3
Purpose: The purpose of Assignment 3 is to help you to do the
following: (1) think about the ways in which changes in workplace
organization and hiring strategies have affected female workers in
different countries, and (2) develop a sense of how women can
effectively respond to such changes to advance their interests.
Instructions: Write an essay of 1500 to 2000 words (6 to 8 pages) on the
struggle for change among women in the union movement. Your essay
must address each of the questions listed below. You do not have to
answer the questions with reference to all the countries explored in the
readings. Instead, answer the questions by focusing on some general
global trends, and provide a few country-specific examples to support
your answers.

1. What broad changes have taken place in work and employment
since the 1970s, and how has this restructuring changed the
relationship between women and unions? Provide several
examples of the effects of globalization on women’s relationship
with the trade union movement.

2. How have women organized to press for change in the union
movement? What methods have they used to raise issues of
concern to women and to obtain more equal representation?
Provide several examples of the organizing strategies and
methods used by women.

3. Where does separate organizing fit into women’s struggles for
change in the union movement? How successful has this strategy
been in terms of changing organizational structures and union
traditions? Be sure to provide examples to support your
argument.

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Feel free to include examples that you may know of from your own
experience in the labour movement, but remember that your
assignment must be based primarily on the course materials. You may
also draw on examples from readings in the supplementary readings list
or any other additional articles you might use to answer the question.

However, you are not required to do additional research for this paper.

Review all of the study questions from Units 3 and 4 as you prepare your

essay. Make an effort to knit together a coherent essay based on the

assigned readings for Units 3 and 4. The arguments you make in your
essay must be supported by evidence from these readings.

Keep the following additional requirements in mind as they affect your

grade for this assignment.
© You are required to use and make reference to most (at least six)

of the eight articles that you read for Units 3 and 4; failure to do
so will result in a reduced grade.
© You must include references listed using APA style; failure to do
ill result in a reduced grade.

e The: sources for all information that would not be considered
common knowledge must be acknowledged. All direct quotes
must be in quotation marks or block quotations if the quote
material is more than 40 words long. Use your own words as
much as possible. |

 

Assignment 4: Essay i
Tip: It is a good idea to read and think about this assignment :
before you begin working through Unit 5.
Click here for a PDF file of Assignment 4 to save and/or print
Weight: 20% of your final grade
Length: 1500 words
Due: After you have completed Unit 5
Purpose: The purpose of Assignment 4 is to help you to think
strategically about how change has been brought about to date within
the union movement and about how further change might occur.
Assignment 4 requires you to apply ideas for making progress
specifically within the union context.
Instructions: Write an essay of about 1500 words on the following topic:
What range of actions are minority groups taking to advance their
interests within the union movement, and what other actions could they
take to further their cause?
In your answer, focus on the different methods and strategies that
minority groups are currently using or might use to further their goals.
Think about what you have learned of these methods from other
sections of the course that discuss the strategies used by women for
pressing their issues. Give examples to illustrate the types of actions that
you suggest. You may give suggestions from your own experience, as :
well as from the materials provided, but you must apply them
appropriately to the union context.
Review all of the Unit 5 study questions as you prepare your essay. Make
an argument that you support with evidence from the four assigned
readings for Unit 5. You are not required to use sources other than
these articles, although you may refer to other material and your own
experiences if you wish to do so.
Keep the following additional requirements in mind as they affect your
grade for this assignment.
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Assignment 5: Essay

Tip: It is a good idea to read and think about this assignment

before you begin working through Unit 6.
Click here for a PDF file of Assignment 5 to save and/or print
Weight: 20% of your final grade
Length: 1500 words
Due: After you have completed Unit 6
Purpose: The purpose of Assignment 5 is to enable you to understand
the importance of workers who are outside of the union movement, why
it is crucial that unions consider their interests, and the barriers to
broader organizing in the current context.
Instructions: Write an essay of 1500 words on the problems and
prospects of organizing unorganized workers. You must address each of
the topics listed below (each topic is of equal value).

1, Why is it so important that unions focus their energy and
resources on organizing the unorganized?

2. Describe and explain the major barriers to the increased
unionization of women in “hard to organize” sectors and
workplaces.

3. Do the experiences of organizing informal workers in India, or
immigrant janitors in the United States, provide any lessons as to
how unions can adopt new strategies that will increase women’s
trade union participation? ,

For the first topic, your answer should consider the importance of
organizing for women specifically, for society more generally, and for
unions themselves. For the second topic, consider the general and
specific challenges that make it difficult to organize workers in the
sectors discussed in Unit 6 (e.g., the role of employers, workplace issues,
labour force issues, and union policies). Provide examples of the
difficulties that you raise. For the third topic, highlight what you think are '
the lessons from both case studies (SEWA in India and J4J in the United !
States). |
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Review all of the study questions from Unit 6 as you prepare your essay.
Make an argument that you support with evidence from the assigned
readings for Unit 6. You are not required to use sources other thanthe _
four articles, although you may refer to other material and your own
experiences if you wish to do so.
Keep the following additional requirements in mind as they affect your
grade for this assignment.
e You must make specific reference in your essay to each of the
four articles for Unit 6; a failure to do so will result in a reduced
grade.
e You must include references listed using APA style; failure to do
so will result in a reduced grade.
e The sources for all information that would not be considered
common knowledge must be acknowledged. All direct quotes
must be in quotation marks or block quotations if the quoted
_ material is more than 40 words long. Use your own words as
much as possible.

 

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