France is considered one of the great cultural capitals and one of the top five economies in the world. What type of worker can support this economy? The focus of this course is to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world and examine the worker which makes it all happen.
The current global economic issues have resulted in the need for European countries to reconsider existing social contracts with their labor force. We will spend ten days exploring various past and current political, business and social forces and events which have formed the French work force. Some of the topics we will cover include the formation of the European Union, the impact of French social and political revolutions, the desirability of a 35 hour work week by industry and the French worker, who is and isn’t a French citizen, the purpose and results of strikes on the economy, the evolution of the French welfare system.
This course is designed for the student who is considering working for a globally focused company, wants to learn a differing view on the relationship between work and leisure, wish to know more about France other than where the Eiffel Tower is and/or enjoys a broadening of their cultural knowledge.
We will discuss topics regarding the French worker and society each morning and visit a relevant site or company in the afternoon. In addition, to the classroom study, we will explore Paris’s major attractions, visit Versailles, have a course on French wines, enjoy traditional French cuisine, and see Paris’s fashion centers.