Fall 2023 - IS 329 D200
Special Topics in International Development, Economic and Environmental Issues (4)
Class Number: 7605
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 17, 2023
Sun, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Specific details of courses to be offered will be published prior to enrollment each term.
Global labour markets are constantly adjusting to changes in relations of production, consumption and exchange across the globe, affecting the living conditions of a diverse global labour force. This course examines key actors, conditions and processes shaping work and employment relations in the global economy. It explores how social hierarchies based on class, gender, race, ethnicity and citizenship status, and struggles against them, shape contemporary labour markets and global production networks. The thematic content of the course includes labour market segmentation, digitalization, global labour chains, forced labour, labour migration, global householding, social reproduction of the labour force, international labour standards, workers’ collective agency and the future of work.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- understand key concepts, issues and debates relating to labour relations, work and employment in the global economy
- identify and critically evaluate major problems, conflicts and struggles in the contemporary world of work
- enhance their communication skills through engaging in a sophisticated and informed dialogue with their peers in class discussions
- improve their knowledge integration skills by applying abstract concepts and arguments to contemporary cases
- improve skills in collective learning and thinking through collaborative teamwork
- Participation 10%
- Reading Reflections 20%
- Media Analysis 20%
- Group project 20%
- Final Exam 30%
Taylor M. and S. Rioux (2018) Global Labour Studies, Polity Press
Students are required to come to class having done all the assigned readings beforehand. Links to all other readings will be posted on Canvas
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.