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.
B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years
B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - 4 years
B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) - Co-op option - 5 years
Diploma in Labour Studies - 30 credit hours
Interesting courses and unique opportunities
The Department of Labour Studies offers a Co-op education program attached to the Advanced degree option. Students in the co-op program have an amazing opportunity to meet employers, get career support and complete 12-months of paid work experience before graduation.
4th-year Field Placement option in a government office, union, business, community organization, or NGO
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.
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