Fall 2019 - LBST 312 D100

Global Labour Migration (3)

Class Number: 3954

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 1530, Vancouver

  • 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.


Global labour migration has increased substantially since the 1980s. In the world today, there are over 200 million migrant workers—nearly three percent of the world’s population lives in a country other than the one in which they were born, and the number shows no sign of a decline. What factors have contributed to the current wave of global labour migration? Who is a migrant? Which countries send and receive migrants? What are the impacts of remittances from these workers on poverty alleviation and social equality? What challenges do migrant workers face in their host countries? What roles do nation-states, international institutions, labour organizations and migrant workers themselves play in improving migrant labour’s situation? This course will examine these questions and try to uncover the nature, trends and impacts of this growing phenomenon.

Throughout the course, students will use analysis related to globalization and migration theories to analyze various reasons workers migrate; and concepts of gender, race and class to analyze challenges that different migrant workers face. They will also explore how the current regional, national and global labour movement can include these migrant workers.


By the end of the course students will gain an understanding of the structural roots of the current global migration phenomenon, national policy and international standards on migrant labour, and also how labour organizations and migrant labour have attempted to develop strategies to build solidarity.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Class presentation 10%
  • Midterm test (in-class) 20%
  • Group video project 15%
  • Research paper (2000 wd) 25%
  • Final exam (in-class, non-cumulative) 20%


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.



  • Journal Articles (access through SFU computing ID)   
  • Selected book chapters on Canvas (access through SFU computing ID)  
  • Articles on websites


Marsden, S. G. (2019). Enforcing Exclusion: Precarious Migrants and the Law in Canada. Toronto: UBC Press.
ISBN: 978-0-774837743

Leah F. Vosko, Valerie Preston, and Robert Latham (Eds). (2014). Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work, and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-773543829

Registrar Notes:

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