Summer 2023 - LBST 100 D100

Equality and Inequality at Work (3)

Class Number: 2287

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Xinying Hu
    Office: AQ 6080
    Office Hours: Monday 12:30pm - 2pm



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.


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, sectors and workers.
  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 multiculturalism, 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.


  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Written assignments (2) 30%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final exam (invigilated open book exam) 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 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.



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


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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.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.