History (HIST) 336

History of Canadian Labour (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with video component*.
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. LBST 200 or LBST 202 is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 336 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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The course is designed to provide you with an extensive and detailed investigation of Canadian labour and working-class history. It consists of eight units covering the period from 1763 to 2000.

In the course you will read an overview of Canadian working–class history, read numerous articles and view ten video recordings on various aspects of working–class and labour history. You will be guided in your reading and viewing by a detailed Study Guide, including study questions and commentary on the articles and videos. During the course you will also complete a series of written assignments and write a final examination.


  • Unit 1: Preindustrial Economies, 1763 to 1850s
  • Unit 2: Industrialization, 1850s to 1920s
  • Unit 3: Race, Gender, and Canadian Labour, 1890s to 1920s
  • Unit 4: Radicalism and Militancy, 1900 to 1920s
  • Unit 5: The Great Depression of the 1930s
  • Unit 6: World War II and the Postwar Years
  • Unit 7: Changes and Continuities, 1950s and 1960s
  • Unit 8: Labour’s Challenges, 1970s to 1990s


To receive credit for HIST 336 you must complete five graded activities and write a final examination. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average on these activities. To receive credit for this course, you must achieve an overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course. The weightings for each activity are as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 5%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 20%
Assignment 4 5%
Assignment 5 35%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials

Writing Handbook

Hacker, Diana and Sommers, Nancy. A Pocket Style Manual. 7th ed., with 2014 MLA & 2010 APA, 2015.

Other Materials

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

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HIST 336 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (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 6, July 10, 2018.

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