About the Program
In BC post-secondary institutions the subjects of work, working people, and trade unions are notable more by their absence than by their presence in courses of study. The history of workers and trade unions, let alone their contemporary concerns, are hardly ever addressed. The Program is embarking on the creation of a degree program over several years at SFU in labour studies that will serve SFU students, the trade unions, their membership, and the interests of working people in general, and that is open to all.
The development of this new undergraduate degree program will build on existing strengths in the university, progressively adding courses, instructors, and related activities as funding permits, with the purpose of providing students with post-secondary skills and knowledge related to work in general and trade unions. The Program will also serve as a place for students and trade unionists to learn new skills, and study and debate the current economic, political, and social trends as they relate to the working world. The Program, moreover, will provide a venue for students, academics, and trade unionists to pursue research in issues of common interest, and offer a formal institutional setting where the university can interact with trade union representatives and members, and the broader community.