Core Courses

Core Courses

Core Courses

LABR 1F90: 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.

LABR 1F99: Work and Society
Contemporary and historical overview of the social organization of work. Topics may include the meaning and definition of work, changes in the organization of work, the role of unions, and the interplay of class, gender, race and other issues of identity in the workplace.

LABR 2P00: Mediation, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution
Multidisciplinary exploration of mediation, arbitration and conflict  
resolution. Includes theoretical and practical skills-based components.

LABR 2P03: 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.

LABR 2P06: Collective Bargaining
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.

LABR 2P09: 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.

LABR 2P34: Comparative Labour Movements
Comparative approach to contemporary union controversies and issues. Includes economic, political and sociological perspectives within an international comparative framework.

LABR 2Q95: Animals at Work
Examination of labour involving animals in historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural contexts. Topics may include class and animals, animals as workers, connections and tensions between the rural and urban, debates about workers’ and animals’ welfare, inter-species solidarity, agency, and political action.

LABR 3P03: 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 relation between work and the environment.

LABR 3P06: 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.

LABR 3P13: The Politics of Labour
Relation between the labour movement and the state, referencing Canada, including tripartism, corporatism, incomes policy, organized labour adn political parties, industrial democracy and worker participation.

LABR 3Q95: 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.

LABR 3Q96: Children and Youth at Work
Multidisciplinary exploration of North American and international perspectives on child labour and youth in the labour market.

LABR 3Q97: Public Sector Unions
Multidisciplinary examination of public sector unionism in Canada. Topics include the origin and growth, collective bargaining and dispute resolution, privatization and contracting out, and public sector union political action.

LABR 4P31: Women, Work and Unions
Theoretical and research developments concerning women's paid and unpaid work. Topics may also include union activism, collective bargaining priorities and related government policies.