Spring 2015 - LBST 328 D100

Labour Geographies (3)

Class Number: 7622

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 13, 2015: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2015
    Wed, 4:00–4:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units; LBST 101 or GEOG 221.



Examines contemporary debates in Labour Geography and geographical approaches to work and employment. Lectures explore the relationships between space, place and labour market change in the context of globalization and uneven development. Students with credit for GEOG 328 may not take this course for further credit.


An examination of contemporary debates in Labour Geography, and geographical approaches to work and employment. Lectures will explore the relationships between space, place and labour market change in the context of globalization and uneven development.


Students will be introduced to the history and evolution of Labour Geography in response to the analysis of geographies of labour and employment. They will also gain an understanding of critiques of, and challenges to, Labour Geography from more diverse labour geographies.  

On completion, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast labour geographies with geographies of labour; 
  2. Understand the evolution of Labour Geography as a sub-discipline; 
  3. Analyze and apply theoretical and methodological approaches in Labour Geography; 
  4. Evaluate critiques of Labour Geography and the challenges posed by diverse labour geographies. 
  5. Create links between different critical and radical traditions in Human Geography and the study of labour geographies of contemporary economies.


  • Attendance and participation, including one in-class presentation: 15%
  • Mid-term exam: 25%
  • Research paper proposal with annotated bibliography: 15%
  • Final research paper: 45%


This course requires a close engagement with assigned readings, participation in class through presentations and discussion, and the completion of assignments, including a final research paper. The format of the course will combine lectures, student-led seminars and presentations, and discussion and debate.


All students are expected to read SFU’s policies concerning academic honesty and student conduct (S 10.01 - S10.04). The policies can be read at this website: www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html



Castree, N. et al (2004) Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and Geographies of Labour. London: Sage. (Bennett Library, HB 501 S8 2004)

Herod, A. (2001) Labor Geographies: Workers and the Landscapes of Capitalism. New York: The Guilford Press. (Belzberg 3DAY Reserves, HD 6490 O7 H476 2001).

Wright, Melissa M. (2006) Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York: Routledge (Bennett Library, full text online).


Bauder, H. (2006) Labor movement: how migration regulates labor markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Bennett Library, HD 6300 B38 2006)

McGrath-Champ, S. et al. (eds.) (2010) Handbook of employment and society: working space. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (HM 786 H36 2010) 

Registrar Notes:

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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