History (HIST) 336

History of Canadian Labour (Revision 7)

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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: History of Canadian Labour offers extensive and detailed insights into Canadian labour and working-class history from pre-colonial times until the present.

In this course, you will read a graphic novel and a number of textbooks and journal articles. You will be guided by a Study Guide that includes Study Questions and Commentary on all course readings. You will also complete a series of written assignments, finishing with a Research Essay.


  • Unit 1 – Introduction: What Is Labour? What Is Canadian about It? And How to Write Its History?
  • Unit 2 – Canadian Labour History: A Theme with Variations
  • Unit 3 – Variation I: Labour History in New Brunswick
  • Unit 4 – Variation II: Labour History in Quebec
  • Unit 5 – Variation III: Labour History in the Niagara Region
  • Unit 6 – Variation IV: Labour History in Alberta


To receive credit for HIST 336 you must complete seven written assignments. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average on these assignments. To receive credit for this course, you must achieve an overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course. The weighting for each activity is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Assignment 6 10%
Assignment 7 30%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials

Graphic History Collective. 2016. Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle. Between the Lines: Toronto.

Heron, Craig. 2012. The Canadian Labour Movement: A Short History, 3rd ed. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Frank, David. 2013. Provincial Solidarities: A History of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Patrias, Carmela, and Larry Savage. 2012. Union Power: Solidarity and Struggle in Niagara. Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Finkel, Alvin, ed. 2012. Working People in Alberta: A History. Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Other Materials

All other materials will be available to students online.

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 7, Nov 5, 2019.

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