Certificate

In Fall 2019 the current certificate program with be replaced by the new Certificate in Workplace Rights. Learn More about this new program.

The certificate in Labour Studies is a great option for those interested in gaining a strong knowledge of Labour, with the flexibility to complete independently of a degree program. The certificate adds valuable knowledge and perspective to any career in this era of the global workforce.

Admission requirements

Prospective students must apply for admission to Simon Fraser University and meet the normal admission requirements prior to undertaking the certificate program. Both the certificate and minor programs draw from the same list of optional courses but have different requirements for completion. It is the student's responsibility to ensure completion of prerequisite and other departmental requirements before choosing elective courses.

A selection of awards are available to help offset the cost of post-secondary education. If you or a family member is a member of a union it is also recommended to check if they offer scholarships.

Program requirements (effective Fall 2018)

Students complete a minimum of 24 units including 

  • LBST 101 - Introducing Labour Studies (3)
  • LBST 230 - Special Topics in Labour Studies (3)
  • LBST 301W - Labour Movements: Issues, Images and Popular Culture (3)

and the remaining electives may be chosen from the list below:

  • BPK 381- Psychology of Work (3)
  • BPK 382 - Workplace Health (3)
  • BUS 484 - Employment Systems (3)
  • BUS 485 - Negotiations and Conflict Management (3)
  • BUS 488 - Group Dynamics and Teamwork (3)
  • CMNS 454 - Computer Supported Cooperative Work: Critical Perspective (4)
  • ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)
  • ECON 280 - Introduction to Labour Economics (3)
  • ECON 353 - Economic History of Canada (4)
  • ECON 381 - Labour Economics (3)
  • GSWS 308 - Women in the Economy: Paid and Unpaid Labour (4)
  • GSWS 314 - Race, Class and Gender (4)
  • GSWS 321 - Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4) *
  • HIST 327 - Canadian Labour and Working Class History (4)
  • HIST 424 - Problems in the Cultural History of Canada (4) *
  • HIST 428 - Problems in the Social and Economic History of Canada (4) *
  • LBST 230 - Special Topics in Labour Studies (3) **
  • LBST 306 - The Political Economy of Labour Markets: Critical and Radical Approaches (3)
  • LBST 307 - Unfree Labour and Modern Slavery: Understanding Coercion and Exploitation in Contemporary (3)
  • LBST 308 - The Labour Process: Work and Technological Change (3)
  • LBST 309 - Labour and Collective Bargaining (3)
  • LBST 310 - The Politics of Labour (3)
  • LBST 311 - Labour and Environment (3)
  • LBST 312 - Global Labour Migration (3)
  • LBST 313 - Introduction to Canadian Labour Law (3)
  • LBST 330 - Selected Topics in Labour Studies (3) **
  • LBST 331 - Selected Topics in Labour Studies (4) *
  • LBST 431 - Selected Topics in Labour Studies (4) *
  • POL 222 - Introduction to Canadian Politics (3)
  • POL 327 - Globalization and the Canadian State (4)
  • POL 343 - Global Political Economy (4)
  • POL 423 - BC Government and Politics (4)
  • SA 321 - Social Movements (4)
  • SA 340 - Social Issues and Social Policy Analysis (4)
  • SA 362 - Society and the Changing Global Division of Labour (4)

Students may substitute relevant special topics courses, with Labour Studies Program approval.

*   when topic is appropriate

** Students may take more than one offering of LBST special / selected topics courses for credit towards the certificate, as long as the topics for each offering are different.

Questions?

To enroll or for more information, please contac our academic advisor.

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