Spring 2020 - LBST 311 D100

Labour and the Environment (3)

Class Number: 2985

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    John-Henry Harter
    Office: AQ 5062
    Office Hours: Burnaby: Tu 17:30-18:30 / Harbour Centre: Fr 16:00-17:00
  • Prerequisites:

    30 units. Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.



The changing relationships between unions and environmental groups; how work in various industries contribute to climate change; and how climate-change policies affect workers in different ways. The consequences of climate policies for different categories of workers, identified by economic sector, geographic location, gender, ethnicity, and Aboriginal status.


The course will draw on students' experiences and research, and we will develop research, writing, and presentation skills through the class assignments. In addition, lectures, tutorial discussions, films, and guest speakers will provide the tools we need to understand the increasingly complex world of work and the environment with a focus on climate change. In addition, students will be asked to engage in critical discussions on a number of important and controversial topics related to labour, the environment, and climate change.


  • Participation 15%
  • Short assignment 20%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Essay 45%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

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.



Klein, Naomi. (2015). This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
ISBN: 978-0-307402004

Lipsig-Mummé, Carla and Stephen McBride (Eds.). (2015). Work in a Warming World. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press; Kingston: School of Policy Studies, Queen's University.

This title is available online through the SFU Library here.
ISBN: 978-1-553394327

Peterson del Mar, David. (2017). Environmentalism: A Short History of a Big Idea. London and New York: Routledge.
ISBN: 978-0-582772977

Registrar Notes:

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