Labour Studies (LBST) 325

Labour mobility and migrant workers (Revision 1)

LBST 332 course cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. EDUC 210 is recommended.

Precluded Course: None.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LBST 325 has a Challenge for Credit option

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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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the history of labour mobility in Canada to 2000.
  2. Analyze the trajectory of labour mobility in your jurisdiction and nationally from 2000 to present day.
  3. Identify who benefits from different forms of labour mobility and how they benefit from it.
  4. Explain how government policy and identity factors contribute to mobile workers’ vulnerability in the workplace.
  5. 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


To receive credit for LBST 325, you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) or better on the final exam and an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) for the course.

Activity Weighting
Telephone Quiz 1 10%
Written Assignment 1 30%
Telephone Quiz 2 10%
Written Assignment 2 30%
Final Exam 20%
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


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

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 LBST 325 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, Sept 8, 2020.