EMPR 100: Introduction to Employment Relations

Instructor: Robert Hickey

Delivery: In-Person

Term: Fall 2023

Course Description: This is a survey course designed to introduce students to contemporary challenges and the primary academic fields in the study and practice of employment relations: human resource management, organizational behaviour, labour relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, labour and employment law, and workplace and labour market policies.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the core academic fields that study and inform the practice of employment relations.
  2. Describe the role of Human Resource Management in organizations.
  3. Assess the contributions of organizational behavior to the practice of employment relations.
  4. Describe the characteristics of employment relations in unionized workplaces.
  5. Identify the sources of labour and employment legislation.
  6. Describe the key features of workplace policies and governance in Canada.

Learning Hours: 120 (24 Lecture, 12 Tutorial, 12 Online Activity, 72 Private Study)  

Grading Scheme: 

Detailed descriptions of each assignment, including the rubrics used for evaluation, are available on the course onQ website under the assignments tab.

Interview Family Member or Friend About Work 10% 
Personal Reflections About Work (#1) 15%
Personal Reflections About Work (#2) 15%
Podcast Analysis 20%
Final Paper 30%
Course Participation 10%


Prerequisites: None

Exclusions: None