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Faculty Program Industrial Relations (54 credits)

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

Program Requirements

Revision, August 2013. Start of revision.

The Faculty Program in Industrial Relations provides students with a basic knowledge of industrial relations institutions and practices as well as the principal social and economic forces that underlie them. 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 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 IR Program and elective courses. 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 ECON 208, ECON 209, INDR 294, MGCR 222, SOCI 235, and SOCI 312.

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 (39 credits)

U1 Required (18 credits)

  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

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

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 230 or ECON 250
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

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

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 330 or ECON 352
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Richard Guerin, Chantal Westgate (Fall) Chantal Westgate, Richard Guerin (Winter) Richard Guerin (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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Chantal Westgate, Sharyn Sepinwall, Zina Suissa, James K Fraser, Irving Rosenstein, Alfred M Jaeger, Christine Bataille (Fall) Ruthanne Huising, Mallika Banerjee, Zina Suissa, James K Fraser, Irving Rosenstein, Christine Bataille (Winter) Sung Soo Kim, Irving Rosenstein, James K Fraser (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 2013

    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 2014

    Instructors: Axel Van den Berg (Winter)

U2 Required (15 credits)

  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Paul Dickinson (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209, or ECON 230D1/D2, or ECON 250D1/D2
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 306D1/D2.
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294
    • Restriction: Only open to U2/U3 year students in Labour Management Relations Major.
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Elisabeth Kutter, Lisa Cohen (Fall) Elisabeth Kutter (Winter) Maha Daoud (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 2013

    Instructors: Axel Van den Berg (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 210 and SOCI 211 or instructors permission.
  • 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: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Michael R Smith (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 210 or SOCI 235

U3 Required (6 credits)

  • INDR 492 Globalization and Labour Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Examination of labour policy in the context of globalization. The North American Wagner Act model is critically reviewed in light of the global economy. New models of industrial relations regulation are studied that ensure that economic and social benefits are equitably distributed.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Robert Paul Hebdon (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294
  • INDR 496 Collective Bargaining (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Principles of collective bargaining in Canada and abroad. Problem oriented. Mock collective bargaining sessions provide an opportunity for students to apply knowledge gained.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Robert Paul Hebdon (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

U2 Complementary (9 credits)

6 credits of statistics courses (either Economics or Sociology 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 2013

    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 2014

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (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 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (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 2014

    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.

3 credits from the following:

  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Eesha Sen Choudhury, Sonia Laszlo (Fall) Matthieu Chemin (Winter) Eesha Sen Choudhury (Summer)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 208 and either ECON 209 or one development course.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-313D.
  • ECON 319 Economic Crises (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Review of economic knowledge on the causes and consequences of financial and economic crises such as that which began in August 2007.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Christopher T S Ragan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): ECON 208 and ECON 209
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (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 2014

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 337
  • ECON 347 Economics of Climate Change (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course focuses on the economic implications of, and problems posed by, predictions of global warming due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Attention is given to economic policies such as carbon taxes and tradeable emission permits and to the problems of displacing fossil fuels with new energy technologies.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Isabel Galiana (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 227 or comparable courses or consent of the instructor
  • SOCI 341 Current Problems in Sociology 02 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Intended for students who are adequately prepared to undertake advanced work and have an explicit proposal to submit.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Open to U2 and U3 students only
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Anahi Morales Hudon (Winter)

  • SOCI 460 Responses to Social Problems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar focuses on attempts to resolve social problems. There will be discussion and debate concerning policies suggested and critical examination of their potential successes and failures. The course presupposes knowledge of social problems issues obtained in 166-250. Topics include: crime and prisons; discrimination and inequality; poverty; and drug use.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
  • 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: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Eran Shor (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: permission of instructor

U3 Complementary (6 credits)

6 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 2013

    Instructors: Christopher Green (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 305
  • 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: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Christopher Green (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-305D
  • 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: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jian Li (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and a statistics course or permission of the instructor.
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Brett House (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230D1/D2 or ECON 250D1/D2 or ECON 306D1/D2.
  • 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: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Chantal Westgate (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294
  • INDR 459 International Employment Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Examines employment relations systems of other nations including those of the European Union and the Pacific rim, including the existing industrial relations institutional structure, the historical and recent developments in these systems, the role of multi-national corporations, as well as the current economic and political context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • INDR 495 Labour Relations: Public Sector (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : Labour relations in federal, provincial, municipal, and quasi-public services such as hospitals, schools, government agencies and boards. Contentious current issues in public service labour relations and compare and analyze the alternative methods that have been evolved to deal with them.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294
  • INDR 497 Contract Administration (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Industrial Relations : The processes of grievance handling and arbitration under the terms of collective bargaining agreements. Substantive and procedural issues as well as behavioural and policy aspects of contract administration.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: INDR 294
  • 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Patricia Hewlin (Fall) Ruthanne Huising (Winter) Ruthanne Huising (Summer)

    • 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.
  • 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: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Sarah Berry (Winter)

    • 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 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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