Labour Studies (LBST) 325
Labour mobility and migrant workers (Revision 1)
Labour mobility examines the geographic mobility of workers. Approximately 44% of Canadians regularly cross at least one municipal, provincial, territorial, or national boundary on their way to and from work. About 10% of these workers work in transient or mobile workplaces. There are also over 300,000 foreign nationals working temporarily in Canada today, and approximately 270,000 new immigrants to Canada each year.
Labour mobility can result in complex, cascading, and often gendered patterns of mobility and immobility. Labour mobility also entails significant policy and regulatory complexity. This course examines these various forms of labour mobility and how they affect workers, their families, and the sending and receiving communities. The course particularly emphasizes labour mobility in western Canada.
- Explain the history of labour mobility in Canada to 2000.
- Analyze the trajectory of labour mobility in your jurisdiction and nationally from 2000 to present day.
- Identify who benefits from different forms of labour mobility and how they benefit from it.
- Explain how government policy and identity factors contribute to mobile workers’ vulnerability in the workplace.
- Enumerate the impact of labour mobility on workers and their sending and receiving communities.
- Unit 1: Labour mobility in historical context
- Unit 2: Theoretical perspectives on labour mobility
- Unit 3: Commuting as labour mobility
- Unit 4: Interprovincial migration
- Unit 5: Temporary international migration
- Unit 6: Permanent international migration
- Unit 7: Conclusion
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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.
Hiller, H. (2009). Second promised land: Migration to Alberta and the transformation of Canadian society. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
All other course materials are online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
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Opened in Revision 1, Sept 8, 2020.