Fall 2019 - LBST 201 D100

Workers in the Global Economy: Globalization, Labour and Uneven Development (3)

Class Number: 9402

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Anushay Malik
  • Prerequisites:

    Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.



Explores how people experience paid and unpaid work in the global economy. Focuses on processes such as migration and economic structuring, and applies critical development studies and critical geopolitics to study labour and employment. Explores links between capitalism, urbanization and labour struggles. Examines labour internationalism and global labour rights. Students with credit for LBST 230 under the title "Workers and Global Capitalism" or "Work and Employment in a Globalized World" may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Cross-listed with IS 221 D100


  • To gain an understanding of theories and approaches for studying work and workers in the global economy.
  • To introduce the field of global labour studies.
  • To explore research on regional, national or local case studies of labour issues outside North America.
  • To demonstrate build competence in analysis through research and writing skills.


  • Attendance and participation 5%
  • Tutorial assignments (2 x 5%) 10%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Case study project 15%
  • Detailed essay outline and annotated bibliography 10%
  • Final exam (take-home) 40%


Grading: The letter grade N (incomplete) is given when a student has enrolled for a course, but did not write the final examination or otherwise failed to complete the coursework, and did not withdraw from the course before the deadline date. An N is considered and F for purposes of scholastic standing. 

Grading System: Undergraduate Course Grading System is A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, N (N standing to indicate the student did not complete).

A+ 95-100 B+ 80-84 C+ 65-69 D 50-54
A 90-94 B 75-79 C 60-64 F 0-49
A- 85-89 B- 70-74 C- 55-59  

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.


This course requires close engagement with the assigned readings, class participation, and the completion of assignments and exams. The format of the course will combine lectures with seminar-style discussion, in-class exercises, and tutorials. The class is organized around modules, and there will be visiting speakers in a number of weeks.



Silver, B. (2003). Forces of Labor: Workers' Movements and Globalization since 1870. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Full text available online through SFU Library.
ISBN: 978-0-521520775

Taylor, M., & Rioux, S. (2017). Global Labour Studies. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Full text available online through SFU Library.
ISBN: 978-1-509504077

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