Fall 2018 - LBST 230 D100

Special Topics in Labour Studies (3)

South Asian Labour

Class Number: 9759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Logan Masilamani
    Office: AQ 6218
    Office Hours: TH 11:30-12:30
  • Prerequisites:

    Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.



A seminar devoted to the in-depth examination of a topic in Labour Studies not regularly offered by the Program. The course may be repeated for credit when different topics are offered.


This course introduces students to the history, social, cultural and political dynamics of South Asia. Key themes which will be covered in the course are, for instance, (a) what is the lasting legacy of Partition on the political and economic integration of the region? (b) How have the main South Asian states tackled poverty, inequality and economic development; (c) Why is there so much gender inequality in South Asia and what have various states done to address it? (d) To what extent has the liberalization of the South Asian economies affected their development and what have been the costs and benefits of globalization? What role has India played, as the largest South Asian country in world trade negotiations?


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Term paper outline 10%
  • Term paper 30%
  • Final exam 30%


All assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade to be assigned. The Morgan Centre for Labour Studies follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic honesty and misconducted procedures (S10.01-S10.04). It is the responsibility of the students to inform themselves of the content of these policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/teaching.html.



Roy, T. (2017). Economy of South Asia: From 1950 to the Present. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.
ISBN: 978-3-319547190

Additional readings will be placed on Reserve.

Registrar Notes:

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