Undergraduate Programs
Labour Studies Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2005

Athabasca University's Labour Studies program is designed for students who want to know more about the position of labour and working people in society. It will be of particular interest to trade unionists at both the leadership and general membership levels. Offerings include courses in labour history, work organization, women and unions, and the theory and practice of trade unions.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


Requirements within the 120 credits required for the BA.

39 credits in Labour Studies major courses outlined below including a minimum of 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).  
12 credits in required core courses (SOCI 321 and HIST 336 are included in the 30 senior-level credits noted above).
Students may transfer in a maximum of 30 credits of courses applicable to the requirements of the major. The maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits for the Labour Studies major is 39.


Students are advised to begin their studies with LBST 200 or LBST 202.

  Required Core Courses (12 credits)  
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies
LBST 202 Labour College of Canada: Introduction to
Labour Studies
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)





Electives (select 27 credits from the following)



All courses labelled LBST and IDRL*
EDUC 310 The Canadian Training System (3)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
HIST 329 The Social History of Canada (6)
HIST 470 Pre-Industrial Origins of
Labour and Socialist Thought
HIST/LBST 471 Labour and Socialist Thought in the Early Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850 (3)
HIST/LBST 472 Labour and Socialist Thought in the Later Industrial Revolution, 1850-1917 (3)
HIST 486 The Industrial Revolution (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter
on Labour Relations
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
POEC/GLST 483 International Political Economy:
Power, Production, and Global Order
POLI 383 Introduction to Canadian Political Economy (3)
PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 381 The Sociology of Power and Inequality (3)



*All courses labelled IDRL can be taken as either Applied Studies or Social Science courses, but not both. To use these courses to satisfy the Social Science area of study requirement, students must contact Admissions and Evaluations Services and request the change upon completion of the course.




Transfer Credits for Union Education and Prior Learning

Athabasca University grants advanced credit in the Labour studies program for some union education programs. Students with a Labour College of Canada certificate, for example, may be eligible to receive nine credits. Students who have completed the Canadian Auto Workers Paid Educational Leave course may be eligible to receive three credits. And students who have completed the Canadian Postal Workers' Union Education Program may be eligible to receive six credits. Credit is also granted for other union education programs and for other forms of prior learning. Contact Athabasca University for details.

Many unions, and some employers, will reimburse students for the cost of university tuition fees. Discuss this with your union representative or employer.


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