Fall 2022 - LBST 101 D100

Work and Worker's Rights: Introducing Labour Studies (3)

Class Number: 3540

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Evelyn Encalada Grez
    1 778 782-3657
    Office: AQ 6081
    Office Hours: Monday 12:30 - 1:30



Introduces key concepts and approaches for understanding the character and organization of work, employment relations, worker’s rights, and labour movements in contemporary society. Explores who does paid and unpaid work and under what conditions through the study of trends and issues, including migration and immigration, unionization, precarious employment, and automation. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course will introduce key issues, foundations, and concepts to understand work and workers’ rights in contemporary capitalism.  While connecting to the issues of the globe, this course will mostly focus on the Canadian context to comprehend how ongoing settler-colonialism, neoliberal globalization, and white supremacy have shaped the economy along with subsequent impact on workers and their movements for justice.  Toward the end a focus on organizing, resistance, and alternatives will be analyzed along with the future of work. Overall, this course is intended to introduce students to Labour Studies as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field of study for research, action, and social change.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify basic structures and cycles of capitalism in relation to waged and unpaid labour
  2. Apply an intersectional and decolonial framework to assess inequality in relation to work within historical and contemporary perspectives within Canada
  3. Describe key labour studies concepts such as labour segmentation, precarity, surplus value, class consciousness among many others
  4. Explain contemporary trends within work and labour that have arisen due to the pandemic and technology
  5. List workers’ struggles and the ways they have been organizing against the onslaught of precarity of late capitalism


  • Tutorial engagement and attendance 15%
  • Mid-term critical analysis 20%
  • Written assignments (2 x 15%) 30%
  • Final exam 35%


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

Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Labour Studies Program follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.

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 will utilize a variety of readings, media, and films that will be made available digitally through the SFU Library, public websites, and canvas.


Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/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