\` 2018 BCSSTA Conference - October 19, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Good jobs, bad jobs…no jobs? Developing students’ interdisciplinary thinking skills on and for the future of work.

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Social Studies 12 teachers to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of work, workers and labour markets.  An interdisciplinary approach to ‘disciplinary thinking’ helps students develop critical thinking skills and successfully develop core competencies of Communication, Thinking and Personal and Social skills in an integrated way. The thematic focus on workers, labour movements and the future of work illustrates how teachers can make links across areas of learning, in particular Economic Theory, Social Justice and Law Theory. Linking areas of learning helps prepare students for university or for entry into the labour market: undergraduate degrees involve taking a range of courses, often across disciplines, while employers increasingly value the ability to synthesize and evaluate complex information.

The workshop will be delivered in three parts by two presenters. The first part of the workshop features a short presentation on the topic of the future of work. It shows how Labour Law, Labour Studies and Heterodox Economics contribute to the study of workers experiences in the Canadian economy and help us understand processes like automation and technological change. The second part includes a presentation on teaching labour issues as part of the Social Justice 12 curriculum, including ideas for curricular materials. The third part of the workshop features a group activity on generating ideas for making links across areas of learning through the study of the future of work.

Target Audience

Social Studies 12 teachers


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 411

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  • Kendra Strauss

    I am an Associate Professor and Director of the Labour Studies Program at SFU. Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary field and I am a human geographer by training, with research interests in the areas of occupational pensions, migration, and precarious work. My teaching at SFU includes introductory and upper level courses in Labour Studies and Geography.


  • Dr Bethany Hasty

    Professor Hastie’s research examines issues attending precarious labour in the intersecting spaces of labour and employment, migration, and human rights law. Her work has explored these issues in relation to migrant labour, domestic work, labour exploitation, gender and work, and employment discrimination.