Why Study Work & Labour Studies?

Most of us will spend an enormous portion of our lives working. Our identities, our material security, our ability to fulfill our personal goals and contribute to community life all depend upon the kinds of work we get and the relationships we engage in once there. Today, in a globalizing world, the availability and organization of work is being dramatically transformed. Given how important work is to the quality of our lives, it only makes sense to study these changes.

Study in the program opens students up to multiple opportunities for research and engagement. Within York, Work and Labour Studies faculty have active research programs and are linked to a number of programs and research centres throughout the University. Beyond York, Work and Labour Studies faculty maintain active links with Canadian trade unions, skills training bodies, government departments, non-governmental and community-based organizations, and international advocacy networks, broadening the world of study and employment opportunities for WKLS students. The program also combines the strengths of academic study with experiential forms of learning: our 4th year Labour Relations Simulation and Labour Studies Placement courses allow students to extend and apply knowledge from classroom study in practical ways that deepen their understanding of the dynamics of work and labour.