Regulations effective September 1, 2020.
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.
A maximum of 39 PLAR credits is allowed if you choose the Labour Studies major.
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For specific degree requirements view each program page.
Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.
Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:
|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)|
|ENGL 306||The Literature of Work||(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 309/LGST 310||Human Rights, the Charter and Labour Relations||(3)|
|INTR/GLST/POEC 483||International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization||(3)|
|POEC 393||Canada and the Global Political Economy||(3)|
|POLI 450||Globalization and Human Rights||(3)|
|SOCI/WGST 345||Women, Gender and Work in Canada||(3)|
|SOCI 331||Exposed! Sociology of Environment and Aging||(3)|
|SOCI 348||Fighting Back for the Health of It: Sociology of Environment and Health||(3)|
|SOCI 381||The Rich and the Rest: The Sociology of Wealth, Power, and Inequality||(3)|
|SOCI 435||Theories of Social Change||(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.
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 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.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.
Updated April 08 2021 by laurab