Spring 2022 - LBST 201 D100
Workers in the Global Economy: Globalization, Labour and Uneven Development (3)
Class Number: 5730
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 13, 2022
11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
Office: AQ 6009
Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-12:00pm via in-person (Zoom appointments also available by request)
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" and IS 221 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.
This course explores how people experience paid and unpaid work in the global economy and how that work is valued. In explaining the value of work it employs a global, historical perspective and centers on explaining how exploitation is reproduced in the global worlds of work by drawing attention to overlapping colonial inheritances and capitalist exploitation. The study of this global context will be connected, through a small number of specific case studies, with the local context we live in here in British Columbia. No prior knowledge of global labor studies, or of the labor movement in BC, is expected.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- To introduce the field of global labor studies.
- To gain an understanding of theories and approaches for studying work and workers in the global economy.
- Students will learn how to read research on the global contexts that workers operate in while simultaneously connecting international events to our local context in British Columbia.
- To understand the historical context in which the descriptive label of “labor” and “labor movements” came to describe groups of workers for whom this label was only one part of their intersectional identity.
- To demonstrate and build competence in analysis through research and writing skills.
- Class participation 15%
- Reading reviews (2) 30%
- Comic strip assignment 10%
- Debate presentation and write-up 15%
- Final exam (take home) 30%
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.
Taylor, Marcus and Rioux, Sebastien. Global Labour Studies. (Newark: Polity Press, 2017).
This textbook is available online through your library. Links to the textbook and other required readings will be shared with you over canvas. You are not required to buy any material for this course.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022
Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place. Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required. You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.
Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.