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Athabasca University

BA Labour Studies Concentration

This program is closed to new admissions, effective April 24, 2018.

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.

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Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Requirements

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration:

The maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits for the Labour Studies concentration is 30.

  1. A minimum of 36 credits in concentration courses including a minimum of 24 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
  2. 12 credits in the following designated Labour Studies concentration core courses:
    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 Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
  3. A minimum of 24 credits selected from the following designated Labour Studies concentration elective courses:
    EDUC/HRMT 310 The Canada Training System (3)
    ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
    GLST/INTR/POEC 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (3)
    HIST 330 Social History of Canada: European Contact to Early Industrialization (3)
    HIST 331 Social History of Canada: Early Industrialization to Contemporary Canada (3)
    HIST 486 The Industrial Revolution (3)
    IDRL* All courses  
    IDRL 309/LGST 310 Human Rights, the Charter and Labour Relations (3)
    LBST All courses  
    POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
    PSYC 305 The Career Development Portfolio (3)
    SOCI/WGST 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
    SOCI 331 Environmental Influences on Development and Aging Across the Life Course (3)
    SOCI 348 Sociology of Environment and Health (3)
    SOCI 381 The Rich and the Rest: The Sociology of Wealth, 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 Transfer Credit Services and request the change upon completion of the course.

Union Education Transfer Credit and Prior Learning

Athabasca University grants advanced credit in the Labour Studies program for some union education programs. A student who has completed a Labour College of Canada Intensive Program, 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 Union of 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 you for the cost of university tuition fees. Discuss this with your union representative or employer.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated May 16 2018 by laurab

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