Fall 2023 - LBST 310 D100
The Politics of Labour (3)
Class Number: 2866
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Prerequisites:30 units. Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.
Explores working class politics and the labour movement in the context of neoliberal economic and public policy, recurring economic crises, the changing nature of work, and declining union membership. Explores electoral politics and organized labour's relationship to political parties. Examines community unionism and workers' roles in social movements focused on civil rights, gender, and the environment, among others. Breadth-Social Sciences.
The course will examine the politics of unions and the labour movement in Canada and their relationship to political parties, new social movements, and society as a whole. Through a combination of lectures, films, small assignments, and discussions we will consider the state of class struggle in Canada through the lens of politics, both parliamentary and extra parliamentary. We will consider the role of workers in the struggle for social and economic justice and how the politics of the labour movement intersect (and sometimes clash) with other movements for social justice.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
This course will allow students to learn about the contemporary relationship between the labour movement and politics in Canada. Students will come away with an understanding of how the organized labour movement, and the working class more broadly, operate politically both in the workplace and society at large. This course will expand students’ knowledge of current concepts in the field of labour studies and politics. The course will draw on students' experiences and we will develop research, writing, and presentation skills through the class assignments. In addition, lectures, tutorial discussions, and assignments will provide the tools we need to understand the increasingly complex world of labour and politics.
- Participation 10%
- Short assignment on Labour and Politics 25%
- Outline and Bibliography 10%
- Presentation 10%
- Research Project 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
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.
All course readings are all available online with links posted on canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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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.