Faculty of Social Science
Canadian Labour and Employment Relations
Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of work and labour in Canada. Topics may include union-management relations, class conflict, labour history, labour law and the role of the labour movement in Canadian society.
Labour Law and Labour Unions
Labour law and public policy relating to work and organized labour in provincial and federal jurisdictions; institutions in the labour market such as the Labour Relations Board; the structure and functioning of organized labour in Canada; labour law and union organization in other countries.
Bargaining simulation played by students assuming the role of union and management negotiators. Topics may also include a survey of the nature, determinants, and impact of collective bargaining in Canada; the procedural and substantive aspects of collective bargaining; grievance arbitration; and other dispute settlement procedures.
Labour Relations in Professional Sports
Economic, political and social impacts of labour relations in professional sports. Topics may include free agency, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts, and the role of players' associations.
Comparative Labour Movements
Comparative approach to contemporary union controversies and issues. Includes economic, political and sociological perspectives within an international comparative framework.
Global Labour Issues
Shaping of people's changing experience of work by global economic and political change. Topics may include globalization, de-industrialization, class conflict and the relationship between work and the environment.
Class and Culture
Labour issues as portrayed in cultural formats such as media, film, fiction and art. Topics may include the labour movement, its role in society, and its portrayal in popular culture.
Sex Work and Sex Workers
Examination of sex work, various theoretical perspectives on sex work and their social policy implications for sex workers. Topics may include: prostitution, pornography, the political economy of sex work, and sex worker union organizing.
Women, Work and Unions
Theoretical and research developments concerning womens' paid and unpaid work. Topics may also include union activism, collective bargaining priorities and related government policies.
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