Spring 2021 - LBST 328 D100

Labour Geographies (4)

Class Number: 5739

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 11 – Apr 16, 2021: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Kendra Strauss
    Office Hours: We 13:30-14:30 via Zoom
  • 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.


Introduces students to geographical approaches to work, employment and labour markets. We start from the perspective that workers’ experiences and agency are central to understanding processes like colonialism, uneven development, globalization and neoliberalism, and build on insights from political economy, Marxism, feminism and post-structuralism. Explores how geographies of global production, reproduction and migration shape labour markets in the global North and global South, how geographical approaches help us understand technological change and precarity, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers and the spaces, places and scales of work.


Students will:

  1. Learn and apply geographical approaches and concepts to real-world issues affecting work, workers, and their communities.
  2. Gain an understanding of Labour Geography and its development in response to critiques of geographies of labour and employment.
  3. Be able to understand and analyze of critiques of, and challenges to, Labour Geography from more diverse labour geographies.
  4. Understand and analyze how the production of social difference through categories like race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ability shape labour geographies.
  5. Explore research methodologies in labour geographies, including qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.


  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Writing assignment 1 10%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Writing assignment 2 15%
  • Final project 30%


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 Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Labour Studies Program follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct 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.



Please see SFU Bookstore website for information on textbook purchase options.


Castree, N., Coe, N., Ward, K., & Samerset, M. (2004). Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and Geographies of Labour. London: Sage.
ISBN: 978-1-446224199

Additional readings will be available through Canvas, the SFU Library, or otherwise online as noted.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).