Labour Studies (LBST) 335
Global Labour History (Revision 2)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: LBST 335 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 3 different disciplines—GLST 335 and HIST 335. LBST 335 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for GLST 335 or HIST 335.
LBST 335 has a Challenge for Credit option
LBST 335 follows workers and workers movements from Caribbean slave plantations and Atlantic slave trade in the 18th century to today’s global production and distribution networks. After a theoretical introduction, the course explores working class formation and the organization of unions and workers parties in the 18th and 19th century. It then looks at 20th century labour in the West, the East, and the Global South. The course ends with an overview of global labour in the 21st century. Each unit of the course looks at the ways in which race and gender differentiated the global forces of labour.
- Unit 1: A Theoretical Framework: Beverly Silver’s Forces of Labour
- Unit 2: Workers During the British Empire: Cotton, Coal, Craft Unions, and Workers’ Parties
- Unit 3: US Hegemony and the Cold War: Oil, Automobiles, and Industrial Unionism
- Unit 4: After Hegemony: Toward Global Labour Movements?
To receive credit for LBST 335, you must complete four written assignments and achieve an overall grade of “D” (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 for these assignments are as indicated below.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Silver, B. J. (2003). Forces of Labor: Workers’ Movements and Globalization Since 1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
All other course materials are online.
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.
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 2, July 10, 2018.
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