Spring 2018 - LBST 330 D100

Selected Topics in Labour Studies (3)

Paid and Unpaid Labour

Class Number: 1114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1530, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Strongly Recommended: LBST 101 and/or 301.



The study of issues related to work and/or trade unions not offered in regular courses. Students who have completed special temporary topics course LBST 389 cannot complete this course for further credit when it is offered as "Studying Labour Through Film."


This course deals with three main issues:
(i) what kind of work women do at home and in the labour market,
(ii) what they produce locally and globally, and
(iii) what constitutes women’s work in relation to the production and reproduction processes.

Using a critical and feminist perspective, the course evaluates the quality of work and jobs women do locally, nationally and internationally, women’s access to training and on-the-job learning, the significance of jobs, and recent trends in the job market. In the process, the course looks at inequalities and differences along the lines of gender, race, class, citizenship, and age—all of which intersect with differences in wages and the quality of employment. The course further examines the experiences of racialized and Indigenous people, including how these groups, more specifically women, are vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation in the labour market. The course also assesses the role of the trade union and its challenges in attempting to organize workers irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, age, and dis/ability while evaluating the impacts of the neo-liberal policies.


The goal of this course is to learn what constitutes labour—paid, unpaid, and volunteer—in relation to the production and reproduction processes and how to achieve family and all forms of care-work integration.


  • Short paper and presentation (1000 wds; 4 pgs) 20%
  • Midterm exam (in class; 2 short essays) 30%
  • Final paper (2500 wds; 10 pgs) 35%
  • Class attendance and participation 15%


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 students to inform themselves of the content of these policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/teaching.html.

All students are expected to read SFU’s policies concerning academic honesty and student conduct (S 10.01 - S10.04). The policies can be read at this website: www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.



Anderson, Bridget and Shutes, Isabel. (2014). Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [available in e-book format]
ISBN: 978-1349457441

Additional electronic articles will be available through the SFU Library.


A number of texts will be available in the Library.

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