You can earn a Certificate in Labour Studies on-campus or online, through full-time or part-time study. You don’t have to wait until next fall, you can begin in the spring!

Why would I want a Certificate in Labour Studies?

The Certificate is less intensive than a conventional degree, but still equips you with a cross-section of university-based knowledge and skills that will deepen your understanding, improve your job prospects, and prepare you for new or different roles. Whether you are a labour activist, interested in HR, or someone who sees the importance of learning more about work, our Certificate will benefit you. It provides students with a foundational knowledge of workplace issues, workers’ rights, labour relations, and the changing world of work. Plus, our department is home to cutting-edge and award-winning faculty members who are leaders in the field.

How can I earn the Labour Studies Certificate?

You can obtain a Certificate in Labour Studies online, through on-campus study, or with a combination of on-site and online learning. Each semester there will be some Labour Studies courses offered online.

The Certificate is earned through successful completion of 5.0 credits in Labour Studies with an overall average of at least 60%.

What courses will I need to take?

“LABR” is the short-form used for labour studies courses at Brock University. For certificate students, the prerequisite (the ‘key’ which unlocks the door to higher-level classes) for all higher level labour studies courses is one of LABR 1P95, LABR 1F99, or LABR 1F90.

LABR 1P95 Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement is worth one-half credit and is a one semester course offered online. If you begin with LABR 1P95, you will then require an additional 4.5 LABR credits. For those interested in earning the Certificate online, this will be your starting place.

LABR 1F90 Canadian Employment and Labour Relations is worth 1.0 credit and is a two semester course offered on campus.  Similarly, LABR 1F99 Work and Social Change is a 1.0 credit, two semester course offered on campus.  If you begin with 1F90 or 1F99, then you will require 4.0 additional LABR credits.

The remaining LABR courses for the Certificate are your choice:  there are no other required classes. The Certificate allows you flexibility to take courses that reflect or expand your interests and goals. You can tackle particular issues, target and refine your abilities, or experience our innovative courses, some of which are unique in the world.

A full list of the core labour studies courses is available here: https://brocku.ca/webcal/2019/undergrad/labr.html#sec31

Details about which courses are offered each semester (fall, winter, spring, summer), when, and how they are offered (e.g. on campus or online) are available through the timetable: https://brocku.ca/guides-and-timetables/registration/undergraduate/

At Brock, courses with an ‘F’ (such as 1F90) are two semester courses and worth 1.0 credits. They are normally offered September to April. Course codes with a ‘Q’ or ‘P’ (such as 2P00) are one semester courses and worth 0.5 credits. Most labour studies courses are one semester courses/worth 0.5 credits. During the spring (May-June) and summer (July), courses may be delivered over two, three, four, or five weeks. The credit weighting does not change (a course worth 0.5 credits is still worth 0.5 credits).

The Registar’s office web site is the source for a range of important information, including about dates: https://brocku.ca/registrar/

How long will it take to earn a Certificate?

It depends on how many courses you take. A full-time student could complete the Certificate more quickly than someone working full-time and registered in one course per semester, for example. Many labour studies courses are offered in each semester and there will consistently be online options. We also offer courses during the spring and summer sessions making year-round learning possible.

How much does it cost?

You can obtain a Certificate through full-time or part-time study.  The difference between part-time vs full-time student is course load.  A student is considered full-time when they register in 3.0 or more credits in the fall-winter session (1.5 credits/term), and part-time if their course load is lower.

Students registered in 4.0 or more credits in fall-winter are charged a flat-fee equivalent to 5.0 credits. Students registered in 3.5 or less credits are charged per credit. Further information about fees is available here (https://brocku.ca/safa/undergraduate-tuition-and-ancillary-fees-2019/)

More information, including about financial aid, is available here: https://brocku.ca/safa/

What is the application deadline?

There is no fixed deadline but we encourage you to apply at least two months before the term begins. Certificate students can begin spring or fall 2020. Brock University has a dedicated team to respond to questions from potential students. Email futurestudent@brocku.ca and a real person will reply to you, answer your questions, and provide more information about what application documents are required. Staff are happy to talk with any potential student, even if you graduated from high school more than a few years ago!

For application details, fee and to apply, please click here.