Summer 2022 - LBST 330 D100

Selected Topics in Labour Studies (3)

Roles of Resistance

Class Number: 1440

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 5120, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    John-Henry Harter
    Office Hours: Online via Bb Collaborate Ultra on Canvas
  • Prerequisites:

    Strongly Recommended: LBST 101 and/or 301.



Selected topics in areas not currently offered within the undergraduate course offerings. Students may take more than one offering of LBST Selected Topics courses for credit, as long as the topic for each offering is different.


This course examines the use of different types of games in the classroom to teach political economy, labour history, and social activism. The course will examine game and role-plays based on democratic, experiential teaching, including role-plays, simulations, and games.


The course will explore both the pedagogy of role plays and simulations as well using games, role-plays, and simulations in the classroom to further our learning about labour, class, and social justice. We will explore how successful such role plays and simulations can be in the classroom in terms of generating discussion, getting students to think critically, to see labour history as an active rather than static process, and exposing them to radical discourses as a legitimate part of studying contemporary labour issues.  

This course may include us designing our own dynamic role-plays based on Canadian working-class history and political economy. The course uses dynamic role-plays or role-play simulations that has students develop arguments, use evidence, and compare points of view, which are all aspects of a role-play. They also reflect reality in a limited way, are pedagogically mediated, and stress that students are active agents who can affect the outcome.


  • Participation (based on participation and activities) 15%
  • Reading Notes (2 reading notes, 2 pages each) 20%
  • Game critique (5-8 pages) 25%
  • Research Project (12-15 pages final paper) 40%


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.



Course readings are all online with links posted on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

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, online, or blended courses 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 ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.