Labour Studies (LBST) 332

Women and Unions (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

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

Precluded Course: LBST 332 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 3 different disciplines—SOCI 332 and WGST 332. LBST 332 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for SOCI 332 or WMST 332 or WGST 332.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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LBST 332 has a Challenge for Credit option

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Women and Unions is about women’s paid and unpaid work. It is about women’s struggles against the gendered division of labour, and the discrimination and exclusion that come with it. It is also about women’s struggles against employers who take advantage of women’s subordinate position in labour markets and about the fight that union sisters had, and still have, inside the labour movement to be heard and recognized as equals by their union brothers. The main focus of this course is on women and unions in Canada, but it also puts women’s struggles into a historical and global perspective.


  • Unit 1: Introduction—What Is “Women and Unions” About and Why Study the Topic?
  • Unit 2: “A Change Is Gonna Come”—Transformations of Work in Postwar Canada and the Making of a New Women’s Movement
  • Unit 3: “Union Maids”—Equity Struggles and Union Renewal
  • Unit 4: “At the Purchasers’ Option”—Unions, Housework, and Globalization


To receive credit for LBST 332, you must complete four written assignments and achieve an overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these assignments for credit. The weightings for each assignment are as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Short Essay 5%
Assignment 2: Book Review 25%
Assignment 3: Equity Struggles, Housework, and Globalization 45%
Assignment 4: Reflective Essay 25%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Federici, S. (2012). Revolution at point zero: Housework, reproduction, and feminist struggle. Oakland, CA: PM Press.

Foley, J. R., & Baker, P. L. (Eds.). (2009). Unions, equity, and the path to renewal. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Sangster, J. (2010). Transforming labour: Women and work in post-war Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto 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 332 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 3, February 28, 2018.

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