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University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, R3T 2N2
Gain a broad interdisciplinary learning experience with real-life applications. Examine many aspects of work and society, including how job markets work, how workplaces are changing, laws and regulations, unions, human rights and more.
By Dr. David Camfield
Congratulations to Dr. David Camfield on the publication of his latest book.
“Future on Fire” argues that a just transition from fossil fuels and other drivers of climate change will not be delivered by business people or politicians that support the status quo. Nor will electing green left leaders be enough to overcome the opposition of capitalists and state bureaucrats. Only the power of disruptive mass social movements has the potential to force governments to make the changes we need, so supporters of climate justice should commit to building them. Confronting the question — what if heating above 2 degrees becomes unavoidable — and refusing to despair, David Camfield argues that even a ravaged planet is worth fighting for and that ultimately the only solution to the ecological crisis created by capitalism is a transition to ecosocialism.
Learn about what to expect in your first year of study, typical courses and career opportunities.
The course listing is a preliminary list of undergraduate and graduate courses per term that includes the course start and end date. Check back regularly for updates and additional information including meeting times, instructors, and method of delivery (e.g., on campus or remote learning).
As a Labour Studies undergraduate student, you can take advantage of opportunities and supports from academic focus areas to student groups.
Take advantage of the Labour Studies field placement courses to gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in unions, professional associations, community-based organizations, government departments and agencies, private sector companies and more.
Students take LABR 4510 and LABR 4520 concurrently. LABR 4510 is the seminar portion in which each student will relate theory and practice. LABR 4520 is the placement portion where the student will work in the field.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with our leading faculty researchers and gain valuable experience.
Hannah Guenther-Wexler didn’t let a lack of in-person research activities dampen her enthusiasm as she searched newspapers, periodicals and archival collections for pieces of Manitoba history.
The third-year political studies student in the Faculty of Arts was a 2021 Undergraduate Research Award (URA) recipient and worked under the supervision of Dr. Julia Smith, an assistant professor in labour studies. Together, their research shed light on the importance of strike action in advancing gender equality in the workplace.
The Labour Studies program funds a writing tutor to work directly with labour studies students. Tutor sessions will begin again in Fall 2022. Check back here for information on how to book an appointment.
All Labour Studies students and other students enrolled in Labour Studies courses are invited to use the Labour Studies resource room at 115 Isbister.
The resource room has a small library and is a quiet space for studying and reading. If the door is locked, please check with Rina Orlov, Program Assistant during office hours.
The books and other materials in the Labour Studies resource room are for use in the room only. Please do not remove them from 115 Isbister.
Graduates of Labour Studies are welcomed into law schools across Canada and Industrial Relations and Labour Studies programs including:
LABSSA presents talks to explore research, graduate studies and careers. They also offer fun events to help students connect.
Events and membership are open to any student interested in fairness and equality in workplaces, not just students doing an advanced major, major or minor in Labour Studies.
Graduates of the advanced major program have careers as:
Others work as lawyers, in social agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or businesses.
Meet some of our Labour Studies alumni
Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.
Learn about scholarships, bursaries and awards given to students who best meet the requirements.
In memory of Charles Biesick, longtime editor of the Manitoba Commonwealth, his friends and associates have established an award fund at UM. Established in 1985.
Each year, one scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate student who:
The bursary provides financial support to undergraduate students in the Labour Studies program who have demonstrated a commitment to local union and/or labour issues. The bursary is for a part-time or full-time student in the second year of study or higher with a declared major or minor in Labour Studies in the Faculty of Arts who has achieved a minimum degree GPA of 2.5 and has demonstrated financial need.
The Wind-Up Committee of the People's Co-operative Limited established a fund at the Winnipeg Foundation to support an annual award to encourage and reward interest and excellence in progressive labour studies, including co-operatives. The fund was established as a legacy to the Co-operatives immigrant founders, who saw education as an important aim of the Co-op (1928-1992). The first award was given in 2001.
The award is for a student in either a general major or advanced major in Labour Studies who has successfully completed at least 9 credit hours in courses leading toward the degree and has demonstrated proficiency in and commitment to progressive labour studies. Preference in selection shall be given to students whose work includes a study of the role/contribution of co-operatives and/or application of co-operative principles.
This award is for a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts with excellent academic standing who is enrolled in the major or advanced major of the Labour Studies program and has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of Labour Studies courses.
The bursary, established in 2014 by William Robert Kernaghan [BA/02], supports undergraduate students in the Labour Studies program. The bursary is for a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts with good academic standing who has completed a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Labour Studies program and has demonstrated financial need.
Access library information, media and industry associations.
UM labour studies liaison librarian: Donna Sikorsky
Shift Work, a free weekly newsletter
Labour/Le Travail, the journal of Canadian labour studies
Our Times, a quarterly Canadian labour magazine
After graduating with a BA in Labour Studies, students who want to work in the field of Human Resources can begin the professional certification process for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.
Graduates who choose to pursue the CPHR designation may be eligible for a waiver from the National Knowledge Exam (NKE). Applications must be made within five years of graduation.
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