Program Requirements

Industrial and Labour Relations is a 54-credit Faculty Program offered in the Faculty of Arts. Students completing the Faculty Program are not required to complete an additional Minor Concentration and therefore can take the remaining credits to complete the degree as electives. Students in a 90-credit program may take an additional 36 credits elective courses, students in a 120-credit program an additional 66 credits.

In U1, students take 18 credits in various disciplines to build their general background in the area of Labour-Management Relations and to obtain prerequisites for more advanced courses.

In U2, students take 24 credits. Some of these second-year courses provide more background material (e.g., Economics, Statistics), others focus on Labour-Management Relations (Human Resources).

In U3, students take 12 credits, which mainly focus on Labour-Management Relations.

For information on class times and rooms, and to find out in which term a course is offered, students should consult the Class Schedule available on Minerva.



Important Notes concerning the Faculty Program in Industrial Relations

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 an average GPA of 2.50 in ECON 208, ECON 209, SOCI 235, SOCI 312, MGCR 222 and INDR 294.

Out-of-Faculty Credits

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.  

All of the courses offered by the Faculty of Management are considered outside of Arts and Science. The IR program has 18 credits of required courses that are out of faculty credits. Be careful when selecting your complementary courses and electives so that you do not go above the 30 credit limitation. 

Continuing Studies Courses

Continuing Studies courses cannot be used to satisfy IR program requirements. You will receive no credit for any Continuing Studies course taken, even though the title may be the same as one of the IR courses listed below.

To identify a Continuing Studies course, you need to review the "notes" section in Minerva when registering for a course.  In addition to this, you may also view the section number.  Most regular section numbers are 001, 002, etc.; Continuing Studies sections are 700s.  

Desautels School of Management Courses

In addition to the required courses, INDR 294 and MGCR 222, students should take at most only one 3-credit elective course in the Desautels School of Management during their first year in the IR program (U1).

Academic Advising

It is in your best interest to consult with an academic advisor regularly to make sure you are on track to meet your program requirements and graduate on time. You may come to the advisor's drop in hours each week, or schedule an appointment if necessary.  

When to see an advisor 

  • General degree audit
  • Verification that you can graduate on time
  • Questions about the program structure
  • Questions about exchanges, study abroad, or transfer credits

At any time, if you are having any difficulty of any kind, you can always contact a program advisor for assistance and support. 

Degree Audits

Prior to your appointment with an advisor, we recommend that you print and fill out this PDF icon audit_sheet_indr_program_new_2018.pdf and bring it with you. This is a tool to help guide you on meeting your program requirements on time, to see what you have accomplished, and what is still missing.

N.B. Audit sheets are an unofficial overview of programs.  The formal program regulations are found in the Course Calendar on Minerva. All changes to the program are updated in the course calendar. 


Program Structure

U1 Required Courses (12 Credits)

INDR 294 Intro to Labour-Mgmt Relations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 222 Intro to Org Behaviour 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 235 Technology and Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 312 Sociology of Work and Industry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

U2 Required Courses (15 Credits)

ECON 306 Labour Markets and Wages 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

INDR 494 Labour Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 423 Human Resources Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 304 Sociology of the Welfare State 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 420 Organizations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

U3 Required Courses (6 credits)

INDR 492 Globalization & Labour Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

INDR 496 Collective Bargaining 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

*INDR 492 may be replaced with INDR 459 with the approval of the program director*

Complementary courses (21 credits)

U1 (6 credits)

ECON 208 Microeconomic Analysis&Applic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 209 Macroeconomic Analysis&Applic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

or

ECON 230D1 Microeconomic Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 230D2 Microeconomic Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

U2 (6 credits)

6 credits of statistics courses (either Economics OR Sociology, but not both)

ECON 227D1 Economic Statistics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 227D2 Economic Statistics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

or

SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 461 Quantitative Data Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

U2 or U3

3-9 credits from the following:

ECON 305 Industrial Organization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 308 Govt Policy Towards Business 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 310 Intro to Behavioural Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 313 Economic Development 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 337 Intro Econometrics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 426 Labour Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 440 Health Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

0-6 credits from the following:

HIST 373 Canadian Labour History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

INDR 449 Occupational Health & Safety 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

INDR 499 Internship in I.R. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 321 Leadership 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 325 Negotiations and Conflict Res. 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 380 Cross Cultural Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 409 Organizational Res Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 420 Managing Organizational Teams 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 421 Managing Organizational Change 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 440 Career Theory and Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ORGB 525 Compensation Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 321 Gender and Work 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 354 Dynamics of Indus Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 386 Contemporary Social Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 495 Social Problems and Conflicts 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer