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Labour Studies Program | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Labour Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts

Program Declaration

Students with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) apply for program declaration to the Labour Studies Advisor during the term they are completing their final lower division required courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete minimum 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 18 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 John-Henry Harter
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1013, Burnaby
D101
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D102
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
E100 Benjamin Anderson
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
BLU 10921, 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.

plus two of

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicolas Schmitt
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
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 Geography (3)

The basic concepts of economic geography, involving consideration of the spatial organization and development of economic and resource based systems. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rosemary-Claire Collard
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D103
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
GEOG 241 - Social Geography (3)

Systematic consideration of the spatial and environmental bases of societies, in historical and cultural perspective. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jason Young
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D103
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D105
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D106
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D107
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D108
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D110
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
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.

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 Eline de Rooij
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
DFA 300, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D102
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D103
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D104
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D105
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D106
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D107
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D108
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D110
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D111
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D112
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D113
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D114
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D115
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D116
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D117
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 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.

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 Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amanda Watson
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D102
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D103
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
J100 Caitlin Gordon-Walker
Fr 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

The study of basic concerns of sociology, such as social order, social change, social conflict and social inequality. Breadth-Social Sciences. Equivalent Courses: PSA.101. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Kyle Willmott
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D102
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D103
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D104
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D105
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D106
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D107
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D108
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D109
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D110
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D111
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D112
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D113
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D114
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D115
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D116
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D117
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D118
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D900 Kyle Willmott
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SUR 3090, Surrey
D901
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D902
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3150, Surrey
D903
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D904
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3260, Surrey
D905
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D906
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3260, Surrey

plus one of

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
D102
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D103
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
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 Josip Dasovic
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
D101
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
D102
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
D103
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby

plus one of

SA 257 - Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (SA) (4)

Takes the mystery, but not the magic, out of quantitative research in anthropology and sociology by introducing analytical skills necessary for reading, understanding, and critiquing quantitative research. Students evaluate popular coverage of social research; learn concepts related to statistical significance; conduct basic statistical analysis, including designing graphs and tables. Prerequisite: Pre and/or co-requisite SA 255. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanna Crage
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
D101
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
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: a research methods course such as SA 255, CRIM 220, POL 213 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking STAT 203. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 203 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 201, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
OP01
TBD

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 30 units, including

LBST 301W - Labour Movements: Contemporary Issues and Images (3)

This course will give students a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary structure, issues, and perceptions of labour unions and other forms of working-class organization. It will focus on external and internal problems that the labour movement faces, such as labour law and state policy, employer strategies, bureaucracy, racism and sexism. 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: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101. Students with credit for LBST 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John-Henry Harter
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby

plus 21 units taken from the following

LBST 306 - The Political Economy of Labour Markets: Critical and Radical Approaches (3)

An exploration of critical and radical political economy traditions in Labour Studies with a focus on how these approaches have diverged from, and provided alternatives to, classical and orthodox economic understandings of labour and labour markets. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Irwin
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6206, Burnaby
LBST 307 - Unfree Labour and Modern Slavery: Understanding Coercion and Exploitation in Contemporary Labour Markets (3)

An exploration of the expanding forms of unfree labour in capitalist economies as products of changing labour processes, global labour markets, and the policies of neoliberalism and 'austerity'. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

LBST 308 - The Labour Process: Work and Technological Change (3)

Technological change and globalization are constantly transforming the nature of work. These transformations are examined in the historical development of work, with specific emphasis on the changing nature of the labour process in the present era. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101 and/or 301.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Noah Quastel
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
LBST 309 - Labour and Collective Bargaining (3)

An introduction to collective bargaining: it will cover the legal requirements of the Labour Code, the bargaining process and the organizational structure and components of collective agreements, including the grievance-arbitration process. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101 and at least one other Labour Studies course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Walker
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
LBST 310 - The Politics of Labour in Canada (3)

The politics of the working class and union movement in the context of neoliberal economic and public policy, recurring economic crises, the changing nature of work, and declining membership. Central to the course will be the question of electoral politics and organized labour's relationship to political parties. Prerequisite: 30 units. Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John-Henry Harter
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
LBST 311 - Labour and the Environment (3)

The changing relationships between unions and environmental groups; how work in various industries contribute to climate change; and how climate-change policies affect workers in different ways. The consequences of climate policies for different categories of workers, identified by economic sector, geographic location, gender, ethnicity, and Aboriginal status. Prerequisite: 30 units. Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Walker
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
LBST 313 - Introduction to Canadian Labour Law (3)

An introduction to labour and employment law in Canada, covering both union and non-union sectors. The course will focus variously on: the principles and practice of the BC Labour Relations Code, the Canada Labour Code, BC Employment Standards Act. BC Human Rights Code, the Workers Compensation Act (WorkSafeBC), and the contested history of labour legislation and related common law. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sonya Sabet-Rasekh
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
LBST 328 - Labour Geographies (3)

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. Prerequisite: 60 units; LBST 101 or GEOG 221. Students with credit for GEOG 328 may not take this course for further credit.

or GEOG 328 - Labour Geographies (3)

An examination of contemporary debates in Labour Geography, surveying 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. Prerequisite: At least 60 units, including LBST 101 or GEOG 221. Students with credit for LBST 328 may not take this course for further credit.

LBST 330 - Selected Topics in Labour Studies (3) *

The study of issues related to work and/or trade unions not offered in regular courses. Prerequisite: Strongly Recommended: LBST 101 and/or 301. Students who have completed special temporary topics course LBST 389 cannot complete this course for further credit when it is offered as "Studying Labour Through Film.".

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Habiba Zaman
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
D200 Xinying Hu
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby

plus 6 units that can be taken from the list of upper division LBST courses or from the following

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 Basil Golovetskyy
Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D102
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D105
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D106
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D107
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D108
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 7105, 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 Stephen Easton
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D102
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D103
Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D105
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D106
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D107
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D108
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5026, 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jane Friesen
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D101
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D102
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D103
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D105
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106
Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
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.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Calvert
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 9920, Burnaby
POL 315 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods (4) **

Introduces intermediate quantitative methods and data analysis. Teaches students how to build statistical models and apply them to social and political research. Also covers the fundamentals of probability, sampling, and causal inference; students will learns how to conduct their own data-driven research. Prerequisite: POL 201 or permission of instructor. Quantitative.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Ginnell
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
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
E100 Xinying Hu
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ataman Avdan
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
J100 Deborah Dergousoff
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SUR 2985, Surrey
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyle Willmott
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
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.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gary Teeple
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
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
D100 Suzanna Crage
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
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 330 Selected Topics courses for credit and towards the major, as long as the topics for each offering are different.

** Completion of GSWS 322, POL 315, or SA 355 is strongly recommended.

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

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.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.