Labour Studies (LBST) 200

Introduction to Labour Studies (Revision 3)

LBST 200 Course website
**Note: Students can either take LBST 200 or LBST 202 but not both.

Introduction to Labour Studies is offered in two designations: LBST 200 and LBST 202. LBST 200 is open to all Athabasca University students (and other students who wish to take the course for transfer credit elsewhere) who are interested in the subject matter. LBST 202 is offered with the same content as LBST 200 and is the designation used for students who register through the Labour College of Canada. Athabasca University's Labour Studies Program and the Labour College, which is hosted by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), have established a collaboration that allows members of any of the unions affiliated with the CLC to register in LBST 202 at a discounted tuition rate. However, since the content is the same in both courses, there is just one set of course materials.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: LBST 202. (LBST 200 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for LBST 202.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Labour Studies Home Page

LBST 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course examines the field of labour studies and the place of working people and the labour movement in society. It provides an overview of Canadian labour history, a survey of the social organization of work, and an analysis of the role and function of trade unions.


  • Unit 1: What is Labour Studies?
  • Unit 2: Trade Unions in Canada: History, Structures, and Perspectives
  • Unit 3: Global Corporations, Local Struggles, and Racism: Longshore Experiences
  • Unit 4: International Experiences: Labour Struggles in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe


To receive credit for LBST 200, you must complete five written assignments and achieve an overall grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) or better for the entire course. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these assignments for credit. The weightings of each assignment are as indicated below.

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Assign 5 Total
10% 20% 20% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Black, E., & Silver, J. (2008). Building a better world: An introduction to trade unionism in Canada. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

Buhle, P., & Pekar, H. (2009). Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation. New York: The New Press.

Erem, S., & Durrenberger, P. (2008). On the global waterfront: The fight to free the Charleston 5. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Music CD

Seeger, P. (1998). If I had a hammer: Songs of hope and struggle. Smithsonian Folkways.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LBST 200 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, March 8, 2011

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Updated May 20 2016 by Student & Academic Services