Fall 2018 - LBST 312 D100

Global Labour Migration (3)

Class Number: 9318

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1315, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Serdar Kaya
    Office: TBD
    Office Hours: TBD
  • Prerequisites:

    Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.



Global labour migration has increased substantially in the last several decades. What factors contribute to the current wave of labour migration? Which countries send and receive migrants, and what is the role of internal migration? What challenges do migrant workers face in their host countries? This course will examine these questions to uncover the nature, trends and impacts of this growing phenomenon. Students who have taken LBST 330 Global Labour Migration may not take this course for further credit.


This course focuses on global labour migration, which has increased substantially in recent decades. The course content is interdisciplinary in nature, and allows students to familiarize themselves with a variety of key issues, including but not limited to state policies toward migrant workers, the rights of migrant workers, ethical questions, citizenship prospects of migrant workers, and the integration of migrant workers into their host societies, among others. The reading material covers both sending and receiving countries, as well as both high and low income contexts.


  • Paper proposal 10%
  • Midterm exam 1 20%
  • Midterm exam 2 20%
  • Term paper 20%
  • Take-home exam 20%
  • Participation 10%


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.



Choudry, A. and Smith, A. A. (Eds.). (2016). Unfree Labour? Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada. Oakland, CA: PM Press.
ISBN: 978-1-629631493

Ruhs, M. (2013). The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-691166001


Koser, K. (2016). International Migration: A Very Short Introduction [2nd edition]. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-198753773

Panizzon, M., Zurcher, G., and Fornalé, E. (Eds.). (2015). The Palgrave Handbook of International Labour Migration: Law and Policy Perspectives. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
ISBN: 978-1-349674879

Rosenblum, M. R. and Tichenor, D. J. (2018). Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-190692223

Ruhs, M. and Anderson, B. (2012). Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration, and Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978- 0-199653614

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html