Labour Studies Courses

LABR 1260 - Working for a Living

An introduction to the study of working lives in the contemporary world and global transformation that has made working for wages central to human existence.  Students may not hold credit for both LABR 1260 and the former LABR 1270 (153.127).

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Social Sciences Requirement, Written English Requirement

LABR 1290 - Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement

(Formerly 153.129) An introduction to the development of the contemporary working-class movement in Canada and to workplace issues today. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 1290 (153.129) and the former 153.128.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 2100 - The Political Economy of Labour

This course examines the dynamcis of work organization, the production and reproduction of labour power, labour markets and class conflict in capitalist societies, with attention to contemporary Canada.  Students may not hold credit for LABR 2100 and any of :  LABR 2420 (153.242) or ECON 2420 (018.242).  Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in three credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 2300 - Workers, Employers and the State

This course examines the social, economic and political contexts of work and the relations, rules and structures that shape the interactions between workers, employers and the state.  Topics include workers' and management rights, the rights, obligations and functions of unions, the legal contexts of labour/management relations, and initiatives for increasing equity.  Students may not hold credit for both LABR 2300 and the former LABR 3300.  Prerequisite:  [a grade of "C" or better in three credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or wrtitten consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 2420 - Economics of the Labour Process and Labour Relations

(Formerly 153.242) An examination of theoretical approaches to paid and unpaid work, the organization of labour processes, the production and reproduction of labour, and labour markets in Canada today, as well as possible alternatives. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 2420 (153.242) and ECON 2420 (018.242). Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in six credit hours of 1000 level Economics].

6 Credit Hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3010 - Labour Law

(Formerly 153.301) An introduction to legislation and interpretation, legal procedures, and quasi-judicial boards as they concern the organization of trade unions, collective bargaining, settlement of disputes, labour standards, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance and human rights. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3030 - Labour and the Bargaining Process

(Formerly 153.303) A course to explain labour's involvement in the negotiation process including the mechanics and the theoretical issues of bargaining. The course focuses on contemporary issues. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3050 - Issues in Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

This course will explore historical, legal and political issues surrounding health and safety in Canadian workplaces with an emphasis on Manitoba.  It will critically examine both the Workers' Compensation and the Workplace Health and Safety systems as they currently exist and review the role of workers, employers, unions and government in these processes.  It will investigate various challenges and emerging issues in health and safety including but not limited to industrial disease, gender concerns, precarious employment and globalization.  Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement 

LABR 3060 - Workplace Health and Safety

(Formerly 153.306) An introduction to occupational health, industrial hygiene and industrial safety emphasizing the impact of chemical hazards on the body, the measure and control of hazards and the causes and prevention of industrial accidents. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3070 - Labour Relations and Occupational Health and Safety Law

(Formerly 153.307) The economic costs of workplace injuries and sickness; the history of occupational health and safety laws and their implementation; the history and functions of workers' compensation; collective bargaining on health and safety. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3080 - Labour and Community Organizing

This course examines the theory and practice of collaborative community and labour organizing, with particular emphasis on Latin America, to identify the strengths and limitations of this approach for reviving unions, protecting workers' rights and advancing social justice.  Prerequisite:  [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement 

LABR 3090 - Globalization and Labour

An examination of the impact of global capitalism on the lives of workers (both paid and unpaid) in the Global South and North in the early 21st century. Using concepts of class, gender and "race," the course addresses key challenges facing working people, the crisis of workers' movements, and new movements emerging in response to this crisis. Prerequisite: written consent of instructor.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3110 - Special Studies in Labour Studies

(Formerly 153.311) This course will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and the interests of the instructor. Prerequisite: written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3120 - Special Studies in Labour Studies

(Formerly 153.312) This course will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and the interests of the instructor. Prerequisite: written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3130 - Employment Legislation and the Protection of Workers

(Formerly 153.313) An examination of the legal rights and obligations of workers and employers, and the enforcement mechanisms for the non-unionized workplace, over the course of the employment relationship from hiring through to termination or retirement. Special emphasis will be placed on statutory and common law, personal employment contracts, wrongful and constructive dismissal, human rights legislation and jurisprudence. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate 
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3140 - Pensions and Benefits

(Formerly 153.314) The nature and role of pensions in the life cycle of workers and the issue of pension funds control on distribution. The role of non-wage benefits in the labour compensation package. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in both HRIR 3450 (027.345) and 6 credit hours of other HRIR courses] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3200 - Workers' Self-Management

(Formerly 153.320) An examination of historical and contemporary examples of self-managed workplaces and the theory of a participatory economy based on workers' self-management. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 3200 (153.320) and the former 153.308. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in six credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3210 - Working People in Hard Times

What have recent changes in work and society meant for people who work for wages or who live with those who do?  How did these changes happen?  What do they mean for youth today?  How do the growing demands of our jobs affect our lives with family and friends?  How have employers' actions affected unions, and how have unions responded?  This course will explore these questions and others that arise from them.  Prerequisite:  [a grade of "C" or better in three credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3220 - Global Sweatshops, Global Struggles

This course explores the past and present of sweated work in various industries in the Global North and South.  We explore circumstances that support sweatshops, including off-shoring and the new international division of labour;  migrant, child and female labour forces;  global supply eliminate sweatshops, including NGO activities, government regulations, consumer boycotts and the international labour, student and social justice movements.  Prerequisite:  [a grade of "C" or better in three credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3400 - Racism and Work

This course explores three central questions:  What are racism and colonialism?  How do racism and colonialism shape work in Canada?  What strategies exist for combating racism at work, and which are most effective?  Students may not hold credit for both LABR 3400 and LABR 3110 when titled "Racism and Work."  Prerequisite:  [a grade of "C" or better in three credit hours of 1000 level Labour Studies] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3510 - Industrial Relations

(Formerly 153.351) A study of comparative employer-employee relationships in Canada and other selected countries as affected by market forces, social traditions, and government action. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 3510 (153.351) and ECON 3510 (018.351). Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in both LABR 1260 (the former LABR 1270 or 153.127) and LABR 1290 (153.129)] or [a grade of "C" or better in six credit hours of 1000 level Economics].

6 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Canadian Studies Requirement, Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 3700 - History of Working People and Labour Movements 1700 to the Present (M)

(Formerly 153.370) A survey of working class history with emphasis upon the varieties of labour movements and trade unions. The course will refer to the social and political experience of working people in Great Britain, Europe and the United States and will devote one term to Canadian topics. Also offered as History HIST 3700. May not be held with HIST 3700 (011.370). Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in six credit hours of Labour Studies or History] or written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

6 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: History: Modern World, Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement

LABR 4110 - Selected Topics in Labour Studies

This course will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and the interests of the instructor.  Prerequisite:  written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.  As the course content will vary from year to year, students may take this course more than once for credit.

3 Credit Hours
Levels:  Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes:  Labour Studies Elective List, Social Sciences Requirement 

LABR 4510 - Labour Studies Field Placement Seminar

(Formerly 153.451) A Seminar to be taken concurrently with LABR 4520 in which each student will relate theory and practice. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 4510 (153.451) and either the former 153.481 or 153.482. Prerequisite: formal declaration of the Labour Studies Advanced Major and written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

3 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Social Sciences Requirement, Written English Requirement

LABR 4520 - Labour Studies Field Placement

(Formerly 153.452) An educationally directed field experience in which the student will undertake specific tasks and assignments in some aspects of labour relations. Field placement options include a labour union, professional association, employer, provincial department of labour, public archives. Students may not hold credit for both LABR 4520 (153.452) and either the former 153.481 or 153.482. Prerequisite: formal declaration of the Labour Studies Advanced Major Degree Program and written consent of the Labour Studies coordinator.

6 Credit Hours
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Social Sciences Requirement