Labour Studies (LBST) 330

Workers and the Economy (Revision 1)

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Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. A 200-level ECON course is recommended.

Precluded Course: LBST 330 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—ECON 330. LBST 330 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ECON 330.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LBST 330 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course explores the economies of rich countries like Canada from the perspective of working people. It follows them to labour markets, into the production process and to markets for consumer goods. The course also explores economic policies and international economic relations. Working people encounter company owners and managers in all of the aforementioned markets and institutions. The course shows the conflict of interest between these two different groups of people and concludes with a unit on the prospect of labour movements.


  • Unit 1: Economics: Making Sense beyond Common Sense
  • Unit 2: Labour Markets: Who Gets Paid and Who Pays
  • Unit 3: Production: What Workers and Bosses Do
  • Unit 4: Markets: Your Paycheque at Work
  • Unit 5: Economic Policies and International Relations
  • Unit 6: Labour Movements: Striving for Freedom


To receive credit for LBST 330, you must complete six course assignments, and achieve an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) or better for the entire course. The weighting of assignments is as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Assign. 4 Assign. 5 Assign. 6 Total
10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 10% 100%

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

Course Materials


Yates, M. D. (2003). Naming the system: Inequality and work in the global economy. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Buckley, J. (2004). Fit to print: The Canadian student’s guide to essay writing (6th ed.). Toronto: Nelson/Thomson Canada.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, and a reading file. All other materials are available online.

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 330 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 1, July 29, 2009.