EMPR 300: Topics in Labour Relations



Term: Not offered in the 2023-24 academic year

Course Description: The content of this seminar will vary across term and instructor. Topic areas will address issues central to the nature of unionization and may include one of the following: union organizing, collective agreement administration, and the role of labour within the larger social, political, and environmental context. Through course readings, case studies, group work, and independent exercises, students will learn about the role unions play in shaping work-related policies, legislation, and the nature of work itself.

Learning Outcomes: To complete this course students will demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Identify and apply theories and concepts from the field of labour and employment relations to work-related issues;
  2. Discuss the role of collective agreements in unionized workplaces;
  3. Describe how workers and unions contribute to the design and implementation of work strategies and outcomes, including sustainable work and I-EDIAA;
  4. Analyze and interpret collective agreement language and clauses.
  5. Interpret employment laws and work regulations that shape employment relations in the Canadian context.

Learning Hours: 120 

Grading Scheme: 

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

Prerequisites: EMPR 200 

Exclusions: COMM 389