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Labour Studies Program | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2019

Labour Studies Minor

The minor in Labour Studies offers a comprehensive approach to labour, working people and labour movements in Canada and internationally.

Admission Requirements

Students may declare this plan upon successful completion of one Labour Studies course and upon application to the Undergraduate Advisor in the Labour Studies Program.

Program Requirements

Students complete 24 units comprised of the following.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete 9 lower division units including

LBST 101 - Introducing Labour Studies (3)

Introduction to key concepts necessary for understanding the character and organization of work in contemporary society. The discussion of such issues as how our society decides who works, what the work will be, and under what conditions people work, will be situated in the context of current debates, trends and issues. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Kendra Strauss
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D102
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
LBST 230 - Special Topics in Labour Studies (3) *

A seminar devoted to the in-depth examination of a topic in Labour Studies not regularly offered by the Program. The course may be repeated for credit when different topics are offered. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jenny Shaw
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver

and the remaining 3 units chosen from the following.

ECON 102 - The World Economy (3)

An overview of the broad economic trends in the development of the world economy over the last five decades with reference to the major debates related to economic interdependence, development and growth, globalization, and the role of the major multilateral economic institutions (IMF, World Bank, OCED, ILO, UN). (lecture/tutorial). Breadth-Social Sciences.

ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning money and income, distribution, social accounts, public finance, international trade, comparative systems, and development and growth. Students with credit for ECON 205 cannot take ECON 105 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Junjie Liu
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D102
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D104
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D106
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D107
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D108
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D109
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D110
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D111
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D112
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D900 Seong Choi
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
ECON 280 - Introduction to Labor Economics (3)

Basic analysis of the labor market and the industrial relations system with emphasis on the major issues of public policy in Canada. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200 and 105 or 205. Students who have taken COMM 280, ECON 301, 305 or 381 may not take ECON 280 for further credit. Quantitative.

GEOG 221 - Economic Worlds (3)

The fundamentals of economics geography, the study of the forces that shape the arrangement of economic activity in the real world. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GEOG 241 - People, Place, Society (3)

An introduction to key concepts and contexts in contemporary geographical approaches to social practices, meanings, and struggles. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GSWS 102 - Feminist Action (3)

An historical and comparative survey of feminisms and feminist activism in Western European, North American, and Global communities. Students who have completed WS 102 may not take GSWS 102 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

GSWS 201 - Colonizing Women: Canadian Women in Historical Perspective, 1600-1870s (3)

Examines the lives of Canadian women in the colonial context, including the role of women in European-Aboriginal relations, the founding of New France, and settlement in British North America. Themes such as sexuality, race, work, religion and politics will be explored through the study of primary documents and historical literature. Students who have taken WS 201 under the title Women in Canada, 1600-1920 may not take this course for further credit.

HIST 204 - The Social History of Canada (3)

A survey of major themes in Canadian social history from the arrival of Europeans to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of gender, race and class on the experience of Canadians over time. Prerequisite: Recommended: HIST 101 and 102W. Breadth-Humanities.

HSCI 215 - Perspectives on Disability and Injury (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of injury and disability. Review of global distribution and risk factors. Examination of disability and injury across multiple levels of analysis. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

LBST 202 - Labour Research for Social Change: Methods and Approaches (3)

Introduces students to labour research through methodology and research methods for social change. By exploring what methodology is, the methods common in labour research, and understandings of social justice, students gain experience of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including survey research. Focuses on using and interpreting quantitative data and statistics for social justice and social change. Prerequisite: LBST 101 or with permission of instructor. Quantitative.

POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Denis Dogah
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D103
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D104
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D105
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D107
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
or POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (3)

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Prerequisite: POL 200 or permission of department. Students with credit for IS 240 may not take POL 201 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Defne Ezgi
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2507, Burnaby
SA 100W - Perspectives on Canadian Society (SA) (4)

An examination of Canadian society from the perspective of the social sciences -- an introduction both to the nature of Canadian society and to the use of sociological and anthropological concepts applied to the analysis of modern societies in general. This course is meant to appeal to those who specifically wish to expand their knowledge of Canadian Society, and also to those who may be considering further work in sociology and anthropology. Topics to be considered include class structure, the nature of Canada's population, regional variation, gender relations, multiculturalism, native issues. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Suzanna Crage
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D102
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D103
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D104
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D105
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D106
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D107
Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D108
Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Descriptive and inferential statistics aimed at students in the social sciences. Scales of measurement. Descriptive statistics. Measures of association. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Students in Sociology and Anthropology are expected to take SA 255 before this course. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units including a research methods course such as SA 255, CRIM 220, POL 200, or equivalent. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 203 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 201, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
E100 Gamage Perera
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
OP01
TBD

* Students may take more than one offering of LBST 230 or LBST 330 Special/Selected Topics courses for credit and towards the minor, as long as the topics for each offering are different.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete 15 upper division units including

LBST 301W - Labour Movements: Issues, Images and Popular Culture (3)

Provides a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary structure, issues, and perceptions of labour unions and other forms of working-class organization and social movements. The treatment of labour in the media and popular culture will provide an understanding of how labour is viewed in society, how labour views itself, and how working-class culture informs and is informed by the larger culture. Prerequisite: LBST 101 or on permission of instructor. Students with credit for LBST 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jenny Shaw
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby

and at least 9 units in additional upper division LBST courses.

The remaining 3 units must be chosen from additional upper division LBST courses* or from the following courses (please note that non-LBST courses may have prerequisites and course enrolment reserves):

ECON 325 - Industrial Organization (3)

Introduces students to the economics of imperfect competition. Topics covered include the theory of the firm, market structure, and various aspects of firm strategy such as pricing, advertising, product differentiation, and innovation. Related questions of public policy will also be addressed. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D103
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D104
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D105
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D106
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D107
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
ECON 342 - International Trade (3)

Topics discussed in this course are: gains from trade in a classical world; the modern theory of international trade; factor price equalization; empirical tests and extensions of the pure theory model; economic growth and international trade; the nature and effects of protection; motives and welfare effects of factor movements; multinational enterprises; the brain drain; customs union theory; pollution control and international trade. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200 and 105 or 205; 60 units or permission of the department. Students with credit for ECON 442 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dave Cox
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D104
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D105
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D106
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D109
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D110
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
ECON 381 - Labor Economics (3)

Analysis of the economics of the labor market with particular emphasis on wage determination, the concept of full employment, and manpower policies. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301; 60 units. Quantitative.

ECON 426W - Industrial Organization: Governance and Institutions (3)

A study of how markets, firms and other institutions are organized using information and transaction cost theories. Topics covered may include: theories of the firm (governance, structure, ownership, signaling and screening behavior); theories of non-market institutions (marriage, non-profit organizations, governments); institutional theories of growth and economic history; and the organization of markets (reputations, contracts, vertical control). Emphasis will be given to covering a limited number of issues and theoretical perspectives in detail rather than attempting a broad survey of new institutional economics. Prerequisite: ECON 302. Students with credit for ECON 426 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

ECON 480 - Seminar in the Economics of Labor Market Policy (3)

Seminar focusing on public policy as it relates to employment and income security. Special emphasis will vary from term to term, but may include such topics as examinations of current manpower, welfare and public insurance programs, labor legislation, and private institutional practices (such as union-management pension arrangements) that may affect income security. Prerequisite: BUEC 333.

GSWS 308 - Women in the Economy: Paid and Unpaid Labour (4)

Explores the nature and conditions of women's paid and unpaid labour in the economy as well as various theories which explain labour market discrimination, the impact of national public policies on women's labour and the transnational interconnections that affect women's paid and unpaid labour. Prerequisite: 30 units including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST. Students who have completed SA 335 or WS 310 under the title Women and Work may not complete this course for further credit.

GSWS 312 - Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration (4)

Examines the global division of labor where migrant women as well as immigrant women tend to be exploited in numerous forms, ranging from lack of citizenship rights and erosion of skills to the risk of sexual assault, due to immigration/migration and social policies of various countries. Prerequisite: 15 units. Students with credit for WS 320 Special Topics: Immigrant Women and Economic Security may not complete this course for further credit.

GSWS 317 - Bread Riots to Riot Grrls: Gender, Resistance and Protest in Historical Perspective (4)

An examination of social protest from a historical perspective. Analyzes the relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality and religion within the formation of social movements. Focuses mainly on the North American context. Prerequisite: 15 units. Students with credit for GSWS 301 (or WS 301) with the same title may not take this course for further credit.

GSWS 322 - Feminist Approaches to Research (4)

Explores a variety of feminist research methods including the definition of feminist research, the quantitative/qualitative controversy, action research, participant observation, survey, ethnography, case study, oral history, transnational study, interviews and research ethics. Prerequisite: 30 units, including three units in GSWS or WS or GDST. Students who have taken WS 208 may not take this course for further credit.

HIST 327 - Canadian Labor and Working Class History (4)

An examination of the history of labor, primarily in English Canada, during the 19th and 20th centuries. The evolution of trade unions and labor-political movements will be examined together with the impact of industrialization, the rise of mass production, changing patterns of immigration and other contexts of working-class culture and material life. Special attention will be paid to British Columbia as a case study. Historically the course examines 'working class history' as a particular way of studying the past. What is the concept of 'the working class'? Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 101, 102W and 204.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
HIST 428 - Problems in the Social and Economic History of Canada (4) **

Selected problems in the history of Canadian agriculture and industrial development, migration and settlement, labor, native policy and class structure. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 428 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 101, 102W.

HIST 463W - Rebellion and Revolution: Topics in the Theory and Practice of Resistance (4)

Explores ideas, people, and movements of social criticism and social justice, stressing history as a way to understand and engage the present. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 463W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Students with credit for HIST 412 or HIST 412W cannot take HIST 463W for further credit when offered with the course topic "Marxism.". Writing.

HSCI 404 - Public Policy and Health Systems (3)

Major public policy issues affecting Canadian and international health care systems. How the public policy process affects financing, delivery, and regulation of health programs and services. Theories of policy development in the health sector. Evaluation of the extent to which evidence influences policy decisions. Controversies, including: finance, regulatory issue, system restructuring, models of governance, public vs. private service delivery and resource allocation. Prerequisite: 60 units including one HSCI course.

POL 343 - Global Political Economy (4)

An introduction to the study of the international political economy, with an emphasis on the interaction between the state and markets, and the basic political-institutional relationships of trade, money and finance, international investment, foreign debt and foreign aid. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 350 - Public Policy for Women (4)

Examines issues where ideas about males and females either explicitly or implicitly influence policy makers. Focuses on current public policies and their relationship to women on topics such as sexuality and violence, economic security, race and inequality, and climate change. Prerequisite: 30 units. Students who have taken this topic under GSWS 320 (or WS 320) may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Cara Camcastle
We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
SA 302W - Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA) (4)

An introduction to the political economy and culture of capitalism in relation to global problems. Case studies may focus on issues of population, famine, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, social inequality, and nation-state violence. Resistance, rebellion and social movements in response to these problems also will be addressed. Students who took SA 294 in 03-1, 04-1 and 04-2 may not take SA 302 for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

SA 304 - Social Control (S) (4)

This course examines how the organization of control (formal and informal) affects both individuals and society. It will investigate how control takes form, how it functions, the ideologies supporting it, and the resistance it produces. We will ask the following questions: who are the agents of social control; who or what do they control; and how do they control? Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 321 - Social Movements (S) (4)

A study of the sources, development and effects of social movements in transitional and modernized societies. Specific types of movements will be analysed. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cynthia Patton
Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
SA 325 - Political Sociology (S) (4)

An examination of the relations of power and authority. This course will analyze the interrelations of family, church, class, interest groups, etc., particularly as they influence and are influenced by the state. The relations of law and ideology to the structures of government will form the context for this analysis. The course may also focus on broad theoretical questions of contemporary political interest. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 340 - Social Issues and Social Policy Analysis (SA) (4)

An examination of how sociological and anthropological theories and methods can be applied to the examination of social problems and issues which become the object of social policy. A central concern of the course is the question of how social issues are defined as problematic. Particular attention will be given to gender, ethnicity, class and generation. Substantive examples of social policy issues will be selected from a number of fields. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 351 - Classical Marxist Thought (S) (4)

A detailed study of classical Marxist social thought. Prerequisite: SA 250.

SA 355 - Quantitative Methods (S) (4)

Examines the methods, concepts and statistical procedures central to quantitative sociological research. Emphasizing the meaningful application of statistical analysis to social issues, the course provides intermediate quantitative research skills. Students use statistics software to conduct applicable statistical analyses and interpret results. Prerequisite: SA 255 and SA 257. Students with credit for SA 355 may not take POL 315 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Chris Atchison
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
SA 362 - Society and the Changing Global Division of Labour (S) (4)

An examination of the social and political implications of the global economy. Topics to be considered include the influence of neo-liberal economics, the decline of the national welfare state, transnational political agencies and public policy, the internationalization of culture, the global labour market, the 'world city' hypothesis, ethnic resurgence and alternatives to these developments. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

*Students may take more than one offering of LBST Selected Topics courses for credit and towards the minor, as long as the topic for each offering is different.

** when topic is appropriate

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements: https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/faculties-research.html

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.