Faculty of Arts - Labour Studies
Labour Studies

Program description

The Labour Studies Program explains the issues that shape our world: globalization, social and economic equality, power and resistance. We explore how the workplace has changed, why workers organize, and what ordinary people can do about social injustice. We ground theory in practice, with strategies for exercising your rights at work, improving your working conditions, and getting the respect to which all are entitled. Labour Studies provides essential tools and basic knowledge for teachers, union activists, managers, worker advocates, human resource managers, and all working people.


Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years
B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - 4 years
Diploma in Labour Studies - 30 credit hours

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Human Rights at Work 
  • Political Economy of Labour
  • Globalization and Labour 
  • Global Sweatshops, Global Struggles 
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Labour and Employment Law 
  • Racism and Work
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Working for a Living
  • Becoming an Advocate

Placement option

4th-year Field Placement option in a government office, union, business, community organization, or NGO 


Professional opportunities

  • Worker Advocate
  • Policy Researcher
  • Employment Standards Officer
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Human Rights Investigator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labour Relations Board Officer
  • Workers' Compensation Board Caseworker
  • Worker Advisor
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Union Representative
  • Union Organizer
  • Labour Lawyer
  • Affirmative Action Co-ordinator
  • Placement Manager
  • Training Specialist
  • Personnel Consultant
  • Conciliator
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Labour Educator

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

4th year Field Placement is an internship that gives students real-world experience in the field and enables them to make useful contacts with practitioners and develop career skills by working alongside labour professionals in unions, government offices, NGOs , community organizations, human resource departments and businesses.

Labour Studies offers a number of scholarships and awards: the Charles Biesick Memorial Scholarship, the People's Co-op Award, the Paul Phillips Memorial Award (jointly with Global Political Economy and Economics) and, as of 2014-15, the William Robert Kernaghan Memorial Scholarship in Labour Studies and the William Robert Kernaghan Memorial Bursary in Labour Studies.


Important links

Faculty of Arts
Labour Studies Program