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Workplace-Relevant Skills and Experiences 

Labour Studies and Career Development is an interdisciplinary program is designed to help you navigate through emerging patterns of work by providing a deeper understanding of the ways in which globalization, alternative and non-traditional work practices, and technology are affecting enterprises, workers and the broader world.

Courses include:

WORK100: Work in the Twenty-First Century

This course will consider the changing nature and experience of work in Canada and its relationship to the emerging trends of globalization. Topics explored include the historical development of work, the nature of work in the global economy, the evolving relationship between management and work, the demographics of work, employment and unemployment, the changing connections between work and leisure, the role of the state and other topics relating to work, economy and society.

WORK210: Collective Bargaining

This course examines labour relations as it applies to union organization, collective bargaining, contract administration and dispute resolution. The topics covered include the historical and economic conditions that influenced the development of unions in the private and public sector, legal aspects of bargaining rights and impasse resolution, bargaining issues and bargaining outcomes, dispute resolution procedures, and trends in the contemporary role of unions and collective bargaining.

WORK/YC 231: Millennial Workers: Children, Youth and Labour

This course offers an interdisciplinary investigation of the historical and contemporary experience of child and youth labour. While the course is international in scope, special attention will be given to the modern youth labour market in Canada.

WORK240: Migrant Labour, Global and Local

Migrant labour has become a major phenomenon in the global economy. This course will explore the forces driving local and global labour migration; the industries, regions, legal frameworks, and conditions within which migrant workers are employed; and the impacts of labour migration on both sending and receiving communities. In analyzing such topics as human rights, health, economic impacts and transnational families, migrant workers in Canada will be compared with those in various national contexts.

WORK310: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration

This course builds on WORK210 to consider more advanced topics related to conflict resolution, mediation and arbitration. Topics include alternative dispute resolution, Mediation Fairness, Ethics, Privilege, and Confidentiality, negotiation strategies, legal and procedural issues, and considerations related to workplace inclusivity and workplace culture. Prerequisite: WORK210.

WORK320: Global Labour Issues

This course analyzes the transformation of work and employment in light of the globalization of production, distribution and communication. Issues considered include new forms of workplace organization and employment relationships, the role of states and democratic debate in shaping the evolution of labour issues in an international context, and the adaptation of legal, economic and political structures in this new globalized context.

WORK330: Innovative Work Arrangements

Contemporary economic and political developments such as globalization, new communications technologies, and concerns about environmental sustainability and work/life balance have contributed to the emergence of new and innovative work arrangements. This course considers a diversity of workplace innovations such as reconfigured decisions making processes, new communicative paradigms, and a variety of ownership structures, distribution networks, community economic development initiatives and employment arrangement s that create both opportunities and obstacles for today’s workers and workplaces. The course will put special emphasis on how these innovations may both empower workers and create new opportunities and may also produce new tensions and obstacles.

CT250: Themes in Global Capitalism

In this course, students will consider how they, and others, are positioned inside the broad matrix of economic globalization. Topics include the history of modern capitalism, the changing world of work, the rise of consumer society, the ‘knowledge economy,’ the relationship of modern capitalism to national and global inequality, and how capitalism relates to changing experiences of gender, the family, the environment and democracy. Students will also consider challenges to economic globalization from labour, environmentalists, consumer activists, and a number of other social groups.

CT310: Economics, Class and Public Policy

This course will discuss mainstream and alternative economic theories concerning their various concepts of economic justice, markets, wages, profits, efficiency and economic crises. We will pay particular attention to the role of class in these various economic theories, and the potential for government action to enhance economic justice. Students will apply these economic theories to the analysis of current debates in a variety of fields such as legal studies, journalism, and human rights.

LY335: Labour Law and Labour Rights

This course critically examines the legal and social dimensions of labour law in Canada and internationally. Students will examine labour law as a means of distributing power between individual workers and managers and between social classes. Students will consider the role of international regimes in shaping local labour laws such as the International Labour Organisation and ‘free’ trade as well as other possible topics including the political role of unions, workplace dangers, strikes, compensation, wrongful dismissal, discrimination and human rights at work

HI338: Canadian Labour History

A study of the development of the trade union movement in Canada and the role of organized labour in politics.

Program Requirements

The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies and Career Development degree consists of 20.0 credits, with no more than 7.0 credits at the 100 level. The program consists of a minimum of 9.5 credits in Labour Studies and Career Development, including a minimum of 9.0 senior credits.

Required Courses

  • WORK100: Work in the Twenty-First Century
  • WORK210: Collective Bargaining
  • WORK310: Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration
  • WORK320: Global Labour Issues
  • WORK400: Strengthening Work in the Twenty-First Century
  • CT250: Themes in Global Capitalism
  • CT310: Public Policy and Labour Markets
  • LY335: Labour Law and Labour Rights
  • HI338: Canadian Labour History

Additional Senior Credits

Students must complete 2.5 credits from each of the following categories:

Category I: Diversity and Identity

  • HS/HR219: Critical Disabilities Studies
  • HS/CT227: Aging: Myths and Realities
  • WORK204: Women, Gender and Work
  • WORK340: Work-Life Balance
  • HS301: Occupational Health and Safety
  • OL/HR350: Workplace Diversity in the 21st Century
  • CT/HR355: Reconsidering Race and Oppression
  • CT370: Gender Theories
  • ID375: Indigenous Community Organizing

Category II: Varieties and Contexts

  • WORK/YC231: Millennial Workers: Children, Youth and Work
  • JN208: Issue-Based Research
  • WORK240: Migrant Labour, Global and Local
  • CT204: Social Justice in Practice
  • CT255: The Democratic Imagination
  • OL233: Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
  • WORK330: Innovative Work Arrangements
  • CT324: Globalization, Culture and Society
  • HI337: Canadian Business History
  • CT405: Digital Play, Digital Labour
  • CT455: Struggles in Capitalism Today

Program Notes

All students in the program must also complete 2.0 credits from the Foundations curriculum: BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299.

Students in the Work and Employment program may choose to complete a postgraduate certificate in Human Resource Management or Career Development Professional, offered through an agreement with Conestoga College on the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. Students normally complete these during their third year of full-time study. Completion of either certificate with a minimum of 70% will allow students to receive 5.0 senior credits including 1.0 senior WORK credit and 4.0 miscellaneous senior credits.

To be eligible to take the postgraduate certificates, students must have:

  • Successfully completed a minimum of 10 credits, including WORK210 and CT250.
  • A minimum GPA of 5.0 in Honours WORK.
  • A minimum 5.0 GPA overall.

Completion of the following courses prior to attending Conestoga College is recommended in order to meet prerequisites and graduation requirements for senior level courses in Year 4: BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299, WORK100, WORK210, CT250, 1.5 credits from Category I, 1.5 credits from Category II.

This program will follow the academic regulations for all honours programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The major GPA includes all interdisciplinary required and elective courses.

Contact Us:

Nicole Morgan, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.756.8228 x5517
Office Location: RCW 306

Faculty and Staff


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