Summer 2022 - LBST 100 D100

Equality and Inequality at Work (3)

Class Number: 3913

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Xinying Hu
    xinyingh@sfu.ca
    Office Hours: Wed 12:30pm-2:00pm via Zoom or in-person

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduces concepts of equality, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as we experience them at work. Includes discussion of what counts as work, who does paid and unpaid work, and how workers challenge inequality and discrimination. Examines how contemporary experiences in Canada of inequality at work are shaped by ongoing colonialism, racialization, gendering, class and other forms of social difference. Breadth-Social Sciences.

COURSE DETAILS:

Introduces students to the concepts of equality, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as we experience them in the world of work. Includes discussion of what counts as work, who does paid and unpaid work, and how workers challenge inequality and discrimination through collective action. Examines how contemporary experiences of inequality at work in Canada are shaped by ongoing colonialism, racialization, gendering, class and other forms of social difference.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

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

  1. Understand the concepts of equality, inequality and equity as they relate to employment, labour markets and unpaid work.
  2. Discuss and assess what counts as work under capitalism and how capitalism in Canada is related to settler colonialism, slavery, and labour migration.
  3. Explore and understand differences in paid and unpaid work and the devaluation of some jobs and sectors.
  4. Analyze categories of difference such as race, gender and class and how they intersect in people’s everyday lives to shape employment experiences and outcomes.
  5. Critically assess concepts like multi-culturalism, diversity and inclusion in employment policy and labour law.
  6. Understand how people have struggled against inequality and discrimination at work in diverse and creative ways.

Grading

  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Written assignments (2) 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam (invigilated open book exam) 35%

NOTES:

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.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

This course will utilize a variety of readings and films. Readings will be available online and through the library reserve system.


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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 SUMMER 2022

Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote, online, or blended courses 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.