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Labour Studies and Career Development (BA)


Note: This program will be accepting applications for admission for the 2018/19 academic year.

Interested in human resources management, career counselling, labour relations or one of the many other exciting careers in the expanding field of work and labour studies?

Our program provides a unique and broadly based investigation of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the experience of work and the developing terrain of employment in Canada and the globalized world. You will gain an understanding of the rapidly changing world of work through courses on the following topics:

  • innovative work arrangements
  • conflict resolution
  • global labour issues
  • labour history
  • collective bargaining
  • employment law
  • work-life balance
  • disabilities studies
  • occupational health and safety
  • workplace diversity

You are encouraged to consider how the arrangements and contexts of work and practices within workplaces can further leverage social inclusion, diversity and the development of the whole person.

Degree and Certificate in Four Years

You can take the full, four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, or you can choose to take the BA in Labour Studies and Career Development in combination with one of two graduate certificates from Conestoga College: Human Resources Management or Career Development Practitioner. Students pursuing this route take courses for the Conestoga certificate program in their third year of studies in classrooms on Laurier’s Brantford campus. In just four years, students following this pathway can earn both a Laurier honours BA degree and a Conestoga graduate certificate. The Human Resources Management program provides you with all of the required educational components to become a Certified Human Resources Professional.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn a degree from Laurier and a certificate from Conestoga College, all at Laurier's Brantford campus, and all in four years. It would normally take you five years to complete both programs.
  • Students will develop an e-Portfolio to track the development of their employability skills as they progress through the program. The contents of the e-Portfolio are designed to be utilized as job search materials such as resumes, cover letters and interview materials.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Work in the 21st Century
  • Current Issues in Global Context
  • Modernity: Critique and Resistance
  • Labour Law and Labour Rights
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration
  • Innovative Work Arrangements


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Law Option
  • Indigenous Studies minor

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