Spring 2024 - LBST 330 D100

Selected Topics in Labour Studies (3)

Labour in China

Class Number: 5733

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Xinying Hu
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00 -11:00 am. In person
  • 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 introduces students to labour issues in China. In relation to China’s economic and social transition and its growing influence in the global economy, this course examines the problems faced by workers in the workplace and within the broader context of Chinese society. It will focus on how state policy changes under a market-oriented economy affect the distinct labour market experiences of male and female labour in both urban and rural areas. Through feminist perspectives and labour economic theories, this course will come to an interdisciplinary understanding of the course themes related to different groups of workers, such as urban workers, rural migrant labour, and workers in gig economy across geographic regions.


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

  1. Understand how economic reforms in China has affected labour and labour markets.
  2. Critically analyze conditions of work and employment in China.
  3. Discuss and assess how globalization is related to Chinese labour.
  4. Understand labour movements and the role of Chinese trade unions.
  5. Analyze the dynamic interplay between social change in China and shifts in the global political economy.


  • Attendance and Participation 15%
  • Written assignment 20%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam (take-home) 30%


Notes: All assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade to be assigned.

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 required weekly readings will be accessible via SFU library, Canvas or public websites.


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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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