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Course Description

This course provides students with a working knowledge of the institutions and processes (both regulatory and non-regulatory) that govern the relationship between employers and employees. Students will comprehensively explore the human resources implications of the labour relations system by examining the actors, the environmental factors impacting the parties, the establishment and maintenance of bargaining rights, contract negotiation, and the administration of the collective agreement.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Paraphrase common theories of labour relations and perspectives on industrial relations;
  2. Explain the various contexts of labour relations, discuss how they have shaped the practices of management and labour within the system in Canada;
  3. Illustrate the comprehensive collective bargaining process and evaluate strategies for engaging in the collective bargaining process;
  4. Interpret and compose significant provisions in a collective agreement and common variations of these provisions;
  5. Demonstrate the process of the most common dispute resolution methods used in labour relations including grievance arbitration and alternative dispute resolution;
  6. Explain how significant events in the labour movement have shaped the current labour relations environment; and
  7. Explain how major actions of unions have influenced social and economic elements of organizations and society as a whole.

Course Topics

  • Introduction and History of Labour Relations
  • Understanding Unions, Management, and Third Parties
  • Union Organizing
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Labour Processes and Administration
  • The Future of Labour Relations

Additional Requirements

Pre-requisite(s): 2.00 credits

Restriction(s): ECON*2200


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Test 1 20% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Test 2 20% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Group Project: Negotiating a Collective Agreement 40% 2, 3, 4, 5
Final Exam 20% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7



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