Faculty Program Industrial & Labour Relations (54 credits)

Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Faculty Program in Industrial and Labour Relations provides students with a basic knowledge of the institutions and practices as well as the principal social and economic forces that underlie employment relationships. The program is composed of 54 credits of courses drawn from the Departments of Economics and Sociology within the Faculty of Arts and from Labour-Management Relations within the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Credits outside Arts and Science: Students in the Faculty Program in Industrial and Labour Relations may take no more than 30 credits in courses outside of the Faculties of Arts and of Science. This total includes required and complementary courses taken for the program and elective courses. Students should take at least 12 credits in both Sociology and Economics. Moreover, in the U1 year a student should take at most only one 3-credit elective course in the Desautels Faculty of Management in addition to the required courses, INDR 294 and MGCR 222.

Faculty of Arts regulations about "Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science" may be found with the Arts guidelines for "Course Requirements." 

Continuance in the Program:
To remain in the program beyond the first year, students must take the six "U1 Required Courses" listed below during their first year and earn a 2.50 GPA in the U1 required courses.

Note: Continuing Studies courses may not be used to fulfil IR program requirements. Similarly, courses in Continuing Studies taken before entering the program may not be used to fulfil program requirements.

Required Courses (33 credits)

U1

  • INDR 294 Introduction to Labour-Management Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : An introduction to labour-management relations, the structure, function and government of labour unions, labour legislation, the collective bargaining process, and the public interest in industrial relations.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Chantal Westgate, Pascal Rochefort (Fall) Chantal Westgate (Winter) Pascal Rochefort (Summer)

  • MGCR 222 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Individual motivation and communication style; group dynamics as related to problem solving and decision making, leadership style, work structuring and the larger environment. Interdependence of individual, group and organization task and structure.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Alfred M Jaeger, Chantal Westgate, Katherine Malo, John-Paul Ferguson, Sumeet Duggal, Emma Legault (Fall) Chantal Westgate, Diana Dakhlallah, Nathalie-Michele Sylvain, Katherine Malo, Emma Legault, Maya Sharma (Winter) Simon Blanchette, Loretta Loon, Katherine Malo (Summer)

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for CMA, CGA, the EA of AACI, and the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • SOCI 235 Technology and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An examination of the extent to which technological developments impose constraints on ways of arranging social relationships in bureaucratic organizations and in the wider society: the compatibility of current social structures with the effective utilization of technology.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Michael R Smith (Fall)

  • SOCI 312 Sociology of Work and Industry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The development of the world of work from the rise of industrial capitalism to the postindustrial age. Responses of workers and managers to changing organizational, technological and economic realities. Interrelations between changing demands in the workplace and the functioning of the labour market. Canadian materials in comparative perspective.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Rabih Jamil, Emma Mathieu Jean (Winter)

U2

  • ECON 306 Labour Markets and Wages (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Examination of the implications on wage structures of differences in job conditions, levels and type training, long-term employment relationships, unionization etc. A variety of socioeconomic policy issues including subsidies for higher education, government regulation of workplace safety, and the role and treatment of women in today's labour force are explored.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Paul Dickinson (Fall)

  • INDR 494 Labour Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Introduction to the basic concepts of labour law relevant to the practice of industrial relations. Historical development of labour law in certain social and legal systems and the culmination in the legislative enactments and jurisprudence of Canadian jurisdictions and certain comparative foreign models.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Corrado De Stefano, Alexandre Buswell (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294

    • Restriction: Open only to U2, U3 students.

  • ORGB 423 Human Resources Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Issues involved in personnel administration. Topics include: human resource planning, job analysis, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance appraisal, organization development and change, issues in compensation and benefits, and labour-management relations.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Maha Daoud, Michelle Feder (Fall) Maha Daoud, Tatiana Gauvin (Winter) Tatiana Gauvin (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222

    • Requirement for the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • SOCI 304 Sociology of the Welfare State (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The origins and history of the welfare state and the differences between types of welfare state regimes; debates about and empirical evidence for current developments in welfare state programs. Special attention will be paid to the interconnections between the evolution of the labour market and the resulting pressures on the welfare state.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Axel Van den Berg (Fall)

  • SOCI 420 Organizations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : A survey of theories of organization with particular reference to problems of growth, technology, centralization and decentralization, and organizational environments.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Michael R Smith (Fall) Michael R Smith (Winter)

U3

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

U1

6 credits from the following:

  • ECON 208 Microeconomic Analysis and Applications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A university-level introduction to demand and supply, consumer behaviour, production theory, market structures and income distribution theory.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Mayssun El-Attar Vilalta, Paul Dickinson, Sara Hayati (Fall) Paul Dickinson (Winter) Sara Hayati (Summer)

  • ECON 209 Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A university-level introduction to national income determination, money and banking, inflation, unemployment and economic policy.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Paul Dickinson (Fall) Paul Dickinson, Eesha Sen Choudhury (Winter) Yufei Ji (Summer)

  • ECON 230D1 Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The introductory course for Economics Major students in microeconomic theory. In depth and critical presentation of the theory of consumer behaviour, theory of production and cost curves, theory of the firm, theory of distribution, welfare economics and the theory of general equilibrium.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Moshe Lander (Fall)

  • ECON 230D2 Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : See ECON 230D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Hassan Benchekroun, Moshe Lander (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 230D1 and ECON 230D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

Note: ECON 230D1/D2 or ECON 208 and ECON 209.

U2

6 credits of statistics courses from the following:
Note: either from Sociology or Economics, but not both.

  • ECON 227D1 Economic Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Distributions, averages, dispersions, sampling, testing, estimation, correlation, regression, index numbers, trends and seasonals.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (Fall)

    • Students must register for both ECON 227D1 and ECON 227D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 227D1 and ECON 227D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • ECON 227D1 and ECON 227D2 together are equivalent to ECON 227

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • ECON 227D2 Economic Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : See ECON 227D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie, Jean-François Fournel (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 227D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 227D1 and ECON 227D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • ECON 227D1 and ECON 227D2 together are equivalent to ECON 227

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This is an introductory course in descriptive and inferential statistics. The course is designed to help students develop a critical attitude toward statistical argument. It serves as a background for further statistics courses, helping to provide the intuition which can sometimes be lost amid the formulas.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Ana Laura Fostik Sanchez (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 211

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 204, PSYC 305 or ECON 227

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • SOCI 461 Quantitative Data Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course blends theory and applications in regression analysis. It focuses on fitting a straight line regression using matrix algebra, extending models for multivariate analysis and discusses problems in the use of regression analysis, providing criteria for model building and selection, and using statistical software to apply statistics efficiently.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Aniruddha Das (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 350

    • You may not be able to get credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

U2 or U3

3-9 credits from the following:

  • ECON 305 Industrial Organization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course analyzes the structure, conduct, and performance of industries, particularly but not exclusively in Canada. Topics include effects of mergers, barriers to entry, product line and promotion policies, vertical integration, and R & D policies of firms.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Laura Lasio (Fall)

  • ECON 308 Governmental Policy Towards Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Covers the major public policies toward business in Canada, such as competition policy, regulation, public ownership and privatization, industrial policies, and trade policies. Includes comparison with policies of other countries, especially the U.S. Readings will include some legal decisions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • ECON 310 Introduction to Behavioural Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : An introduction to economic decision-making in markets and strategic environments, including bounded rationality, individual decision-making under uncertainty, and behavioural game theory.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Jian Li (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and a statistics course or permission of the instructor.

  • ECON 313 Economic Development 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Microeconomic theories of economic development and empirical evidence on population, labour, firms, poverty. Inequality and environment.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Matthieu Chemin (Fall) Francesco Amodio (Winter) Eesha Sen Choudhury (Summer)

  • ECON 337 Introductory Econometrics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The practical application of quantitative methods in statistical investigations.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Jean-Louis Barnwell Ménard (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: a grade of 65% or better in ECON 227 or ECON 257 or an equivalent qualification in statistics. Familiarity with matrix algebra is highly recommended.

  • ECON 338 Introductory Econometrics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Estimation and forecasting using simultaneous equation systems, dynamic simulation, time series analysis.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Md. Nazmul Ahsan (Winter)

  • ECON 426 Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The determinants of labour supply, demand and the structure of earnings are considered. The economic effects of government policies, such as minimum wage laws, unemployment insurance, welfare and training programs and subsidies to higher education are analyzed. A rigorous theoretical and "hands on'' empirical approach is emphasized.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Fabian Lange (Fall)

  • ECON 440 Health Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The organization and performance of Canada's health care system are examined from an economist's perspective. The system is described and its special features analyzed. Much attention is given to the role of government in the system and to financing arrangements for hospital and medical services. Current financial problems are discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Moshe Lander (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 227 or comparable courses or consent of the instructor

0-6 credits from the following:

  • HIST 373 Canadian Labour History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : This course explores themes in labour and working class history in Canada.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • INDR 449 Occupational Health and Safety (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Examines the public policy of occupational health and safety in Canada as well as the dynamics of contemporary occupational health and safety management. Topics include occupational safety and health, human rights and workers' compensation legislation, accident prevention and investigation, ergonomics, safety training, and workers' compensation claims management.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • INDR 499 Internship in Industrial Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Internship with an approved host institution or organization.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Michael R Smith (Fall) Michael R Smith (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2 and U3 students after completing 30 credits of a 90 credits program or 45 credits of a 96-120 credit program, a minimum CGPA of 2.7, and permission of the departmental Internship Advisor. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses. A letter from a supervisor at the institution must attest to successful completion of the student's tenure.

  • ORGB 321 Leadership (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Leadership theories provide students with opportunities to assess and work on improving their leadership skills. Topics include: the ability to know oneself as a leader, to formulate a vision, to have the courage to lead, to lead creatively, and to lead effectively with others.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Anita Nowak (Fall) Patricia Hewlin (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222 or permission of Instructor and approval of the BCom Program Office.

    • Restrictions: Restricted to U2 and U3 students.

  • ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : A conceptual framework to guide participants through negotiation and conflict resolution process.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Jean-Nicolas Reyt (Fall) Lisa Cohen (Winter) Jay Hewlin (Summer)

  • ORGB 380 Cross Cultural Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Addresses dilemmas and opportunities that managers experience in international, multicultural environments. Development of conceptual knowledge and behavioural skills (e.g. bridging skills, communication, tolerance of ambiguity, cognitive complexity) relevant to the interaction of different cultures in business and organizational settings, using several methods including research, case studies and experiential learning.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Nathalie-Michele Sylvain, Karen K Diaz (Fall) Nathalie-Michele Sylvain (Winter) Alfred M Jaeger (Summer)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

    • **Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fourth lecture day.

  • ORGB 409 Organizational Research Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Field research in organizational behaviour.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • ORGB 420 Managing Organizational Teams (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Theory, research, and applications. Principles of team processes and effectiveness in organizational settings, specifically the theoretical developments and empirical findings of group dynamics and team effectiveness, and practical strategies and skills for successful management of organizational teams.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Summer 2019

    Instructors: Melissa Sonberg, Sonia Di Maulo (Fall) Nadege Firsova (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222

    • Continuing Studies: requirement for I.C.B.

  • ORGB 421 Managing Organizational Change (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Organizational change theory and techniques are examined with an emphasis on techno-structural interventions such as Quality-of-Work-Life approaches. Through simulations and case-studies, the course explores initiatives in organizational change, primarily in contemporary Canadian organizations. It also includes opportunities for "hands-on" experience in work and organization redesign.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Elizabeth Campbell, Nathalie Marie Duchesnay (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 222

    • Continuing Studies: this course cannot be taken for credit if ORGB 522 was already completed

  • ORGB 440 Career Theory and Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Includes state of the art theory and research on careers and opportunity for exploration and development of personal career goals and dreams. Analytical and practical skills are honed through the study of careers of "real life" individuals as presented in films, panels of guest speakers, and interview assignments.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Matissa Hollister (Winter)

  • ORGB 525 Compensation Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Compensation policies and practices, consistent with motivational theories, are examined. Topics include: design and evaluation of job evaluation systems, salary structures, and performance-based pay; compensation of special employee groups; and current pay equity laws. Projects and simulations provide "hands-on" experience in the use of compensation techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019

    Instructors: Roman Susel (Fall) Roman Susel (Winter)

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): ORGB 423

  • SOCI 321 Gender and Work (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Focus on men's and women's work in North American societies, historically and contemporarily, in order to understand the dynamisms of gender (in)equality in and outside of the home. Topics explored include: housework; the relationship(s) between gender, organizations and bureaucracy; emotional labour; occupational segregation and stratification; sexual harassment; and work-family policy.

    Terms: Fall 2018

    Instructors: Candice Shaw (Fall)

    • Course for the Women's Studies Concentrations

  • SOCI 354 Dynamics of Industrial Societies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Theories of social, economic, and political change in the industrialized societies. Causes of cycles in economic growth; imperialism and war; and in ethnic, religious, and industrial conflict. Causes of long run trends in social inequality, crime, family stability, and the position of women. Comparison of North America, Europe, Russia, and Japan.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 210 or any other introductory course in the social sciences

  • SOCI 386 Contemporary Social Movements (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course will focus on contemporary social movements in Canada, the U.S., and Western Europe, such as the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and the environmental movement. Empirical studies of movements will be used to explore such general issues as how social movements emerge, grow, and decline.

    Terms: Winter 2019

    Instructors: Mehri Ghazanjani (Winter)

  • SOCI 495 Social Problems and Conflicts (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course explores the social construction of "social problems". It focuses on the social conflicts involved in the definition of social issues and on how and why "problems" change over time. Issues such as drinking, smoking, drug use, pornography, abortion, and homosexuality will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: permission of instructor

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