Labour Studies

Improve work to make our world a better place and explore how business and labour organizations fit into the larger economy and society.

The Labour Studies program has grown out of a deep commitment of its associated faculty members to advance workplace practices and improve local labour and employment policies.

Labour Studies faculty have conducted local research on major issues such as low-wage work, violence in the workplace, major strikes, and health and safety in order to broaden the discussion and understanding of day-to-day work issues. Faculty and students were instrumental in establishing The Sudbury Workers' Education and Advocacy Centre, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to educating, representing and protecting precarious, non-unionized workers. Employers tell us that they value our students' knowledge. Laurentian's Labour Studies program is only one of four in Ontario and the only program that has a focus on Northern Ontario.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Reuben Roth

Telephone: 705-675-1151 Ext. 4362

Email: rroth@laurentian.ca

Office: A347 Arts Building

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Did You Know?  

  • Labour Studies offers a full array of undergraduate courses and certificate programs.  Faculty members are experts in labour relations, labour law, health and safety, disability, globalization, and comparative employment systems and practices
  • Labour Studies allows students to custom fit their studies with the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Women's Studies, Law and Justice, Mining Engineering, Sports Administration and Commerce.
  • Students spend 150 hours per year (in third and four years) in a closely-supervised field research placement, where they work directly with a variety of employers, unions or community groups and gain practical experience conducting valuable real-world research.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Workplace and Labour Studies

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Workplace and Labour Studies (120 credits)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
   *It is recommended that students take MGMT 1006E, ECON 1006E and SOCI 1015E, either in first year or after

LBST/SOCI 2246E     What Do Unions Do?   OR   LBST 2106E     Occupational Health & Safety Level I

STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics
SOCI 2127E     Research Methods and Data Analysis

LBST 3005E     Field Research Placement I

LBST/SOCI 3246E     Workplace Rights Advocacy  OR LBST 3056E     Collective Bargaining

LBST/SOCI 3256E     Canadian Labour History

LBST 4005E     Field Research Placement II

+3 additional credits from:

     LBST 4096E     Labour Arbitration

     LBST 4206E     Political Economy of Inequality

     LBST 4216E     Comparative Employment Relations

+24 credits from Workplace and Labour Studies approved course list 

+60 elective credits
  

 

Major in Workplace and Labour Studies (42 cr.)

LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
LBST/SOCI 2026E     The World of Work   OR   LBST 2106E     Occupational Health & Safety Level I
LBST 2246E     What Do Unions Do?   OR    LBST 3056E     Collective Bargaining
STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics
SOCI 2127E     Research Methods and Data Analysis
LBST 3005E     Field Research Placement I
LBST/SOCI 3246E     Workplace Rights Advocacy
LBST/SOCI 3256E     Canadian Labour History
LBST 4005E     Field Research Placement II
+3 cr from the Workplace and Labour Studies Fundamental List at the 4000 level
+3 cr from Workplace and Labour Studies Fundamental List

Notes:

  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Workplace and Labour Studies

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

Concentration in Workplace and Labour Studies (90 credits)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
   *It is recommended that students take MGMT 1006E, ECON 1006E and SOCI 1015E, either in first year or after

LBST/SOCI 2246E     What do Unions do?     OR   LBST 2106E     Occupational Health & Safety Level I

SOCI 2127E     Research Methods and Data Analysis
STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics

LBST 3005E     Field Research Placement I

LBST/SOCI 3246E     Workplace Rights Advocacy  OR   LBST 3056E     Collective Bargaining

LBST/SOCI 3256E     Canadian Labour History

+9 credits from the Workplace and Labour Studies approved lists

 

+54 electives  credits

 

Minor in Workplace and Labour Studies (24 cr)

LBST 1006E          Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E          Introduction to Labour Studies II
18 credits from the list below, of which 6 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level:*
      +12 credits from Workplace and Labour Studies Fundamental List
      +6 credits from Workplace and Labour Studies Approve Course Iist of courses offered by other Departments
A GPA of 3.5 is required to obtain the minor

 

Minor in Workplace and Labour Studies - Human Resources Stream (24 cr)

LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
LBST 2106E     Occupational Health and Safety
LBST 3056E     CollectiveBargaining
12 credits from Workplace and Labour Studies Approved Course List with the following breakdown:
        6 credits of LBST from the Approved Course List
        6 credits offered by another department from the Approved Course List

Note : Student must have 9 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

 

Minor in Occupational Health and Safety - Health and Policy stream (24 cr)

LBST 2106E     Occupational Health and Safety
 15 credits from the following (Occupational Health and Safety Fundamentals)
     ENGR 3126E     Occupational Health Engr
     ENGR 4117E     Engineering/Technology/Society
     ENVI 2536E     Environment and Human Health
     INTE/PHED 2526E     Introduction to Ergonomics
     INTE/PHED 4516E     Stress Management
     LBST 3626E     Labour Law and the Modern State
     LBST 3106E     Occupational Health and Safety Level II
     LBST 3136 E     Occupational Health and Safety: The Social, Political and Economic Landscape
     LBST 3246E     Workplace Rights Advocacy
     PHED 3507E     Community Health
 

 6 credits from the following list:
     BIOL 3117E     Infectious Diseases
     COST-2446E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications I
     COST-2447E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications II
     ENGL 1706E     Intro to Writing English Studies I
     ENGL 1707E     Intro to Writing English Studies II
     ENGL 3556E     Principles and Practices of Workplace communications
     ENVI 2546E     (Dis)abililties and Inclusive Build Environments
     INDG 1116E     Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood
     LBST 2246E     What Unions do?
     LBST 3116E     Stress, Health and the workplace
     RLST 3197E     The Human Prospect: Technology and Social Experience
     RLST 3245E     Health, Healing and Spirituality
     SCOM 4006E     Communicating Research

Note: 6 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level to get the minor.

 

Minor in Community Leadership

Required (3 cr):

ANTR 2206E  Foundations of Community Leadership

 

  1. Community Leadership Foundations (6 credits)

    6 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 1007E  Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

     ANTR 2126E  Anthropology and the World Today

     ECON 1006E  Introduction to Microeconomics

     ECON 1007E  Introduction to Macroeconomics

     ENVI 1507E  Introduction to Environmental Studies

     INDG 1116E  Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood

     LBST 2246E  What Do Unions Do?

     MGMT 1006E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations I

     MGMT 1007E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations II

     SOCI 1015E  Understanding Society

 

     II.  Communication and Advocacy (3 credits)

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 2136E  Workplace Culture

     ANTR 3216E  Visual Ethnography

     COST 1117E  Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics

     COST 2246E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

     COST 2247E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

     COST 2526E  New Culture

     ENGL 2016E  Science Writing in the Public Sphere

     ENGL 2546E  Rhetorical Principles

     ENGL 3556E  Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication

     ENGL/FILM 2846E  Rhetoric of Film and Image

     ENGL 3536E  Environmental Communication

     LBST 3246E  Workplace Rights Advocacy

     SCOM 4006E  Presenting and Communicating Research

     THEA 2127E  Voice I

 

     III.  Social Justice and Change (3 credits)

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 2106E  Cultural Dynamics and Change

     ENVI 2516E  Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

     INDG 2136E  Aboriginal Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis

     ISWK 1006E  Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare

     PHIL 2876E  Business Ethics

     POLI 2426E  Individual, Community and Political Order

     SOCI 2656E  Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power

     SWLF 1006E  Introduction to Social Welfare

 

     IV.  Socioeconomic Foundations (6 credits):

     6 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 3047E  Public Health and Epidemiology

     ANTR 3086E  Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society

     ECON 2026E  Introduction to Urban Economics

     ECON 2027E  Introduction to Regional Economics

     GEOG 2247E  Economic Geography: Canadian Issues

     HIST 3276E  History of Northern Ontario

     INDG 3116E  Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System

     ISWK 2006E  Indigenous Social Welfare Issues

     SOCI 2306E  Introduction to Globalization/POLI 2306E  International Relations

     SWLF 2106E  Political Economy of Social Welfare

     WGSX 2036E  Gender, Work and Families

 

V.  Research and Applications (3 credits):

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 4086E  Applied Anthropology

     COST 3127E  Communication Research

     ENVI 3506E  The Living City

     ENVI 3516E  Greening the Built Environment

     GEOG 2017E  Applied Cartography and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

     INDG 3117E  Social Policy and Family Law with Native People

     ISWK 2007E  Applied Indigenous Social Work Issues

     ISWK 4416E  Conflict Resolution and Peace-Masking in Indigenous Social Work Practice

     LBST 2106E  Occupational Health and Safety, Level I

     LBST 3056E  Collective Bargaining 

     SOCI 2127E  Research Methods and Data Analysis

 

Certificate in Workplace and Labour Studies (30 cr.)

LBST 2026E          The World of Work
LBST 2246E          What Do Unions Do?
LBST 3256E          Canadian Labour History
21 credits from Workplace and Labour Studies approved course list
 

Certificate in Community Leadership (30 credits)

Required (3 credits):

ANTR 2206E  Foundations of Community Leadership

I. Community Leadership Foundations (9 credits):

     ANTR 1007E  Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

     ANTR 2126E  Anthropology and the World Today

     ECON 1006E  Introduction to Microeconomics

     ECON 1007E  Introduction to Macroeconomics

     ENVI 1507E  Introduction to Environmental Studies

     INDG 1116E  Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood

     LBST 2246E  What Do Unions Do?

     MGMT 1006E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations I

     MGMT 1007E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations II

     SOCI 1015E  Understanding Society

     WGSX 1005E  Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

     WGSX 2066E  Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies

II.  Communication and Advocacy (3 credits):

     ANTR 2136E  Workplace Culture

     ANTR 3216E  Visual Ethnography

     ARCL 3207E  Indigenous and Collaborative Archaeology

     COST 1117E  Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics

     COST 2246E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

     COST 2247E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

     COST 2526E  New Culture

     ENGL 2016E  Science Writing in the Public Sphere

     ENGL 2546E  Rhetorical Principles

     ENGL 3556E  Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication

     ENGL/FILM 2846E  Rhetoric of Film and Image

     ENGL 3536E  Environmental Communication

     LBST 3246E  Workplace Rights Advocacy

     PSYC 4066E  Culture and Psychology

     SCOM 4006E  Presenting and Communicating Research

     THEA 2127E  Voice I

     WGSX 3316E  Women's Activism, Global and Local

III.  Social Justice and Change (6 credits):

     ANTR 2106E  Cultural Dynamics and Change

     ENVI 2507F  Empreinte écologique et développement durable

    ENVI 2516E  Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

    HIST 3416E  Protest and Political Change

     INDG 2136E  Aboriginal Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis

     ISWK 1006E  Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare

     PHIL 2876E  Business Ethics

     POLI 2426E  Individual, Community and Political Order

     SOCI 2656E  Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power

     SWLF 1006E  Introduction to Social Welfare

     WGSX 2046  Gender, Race and Racism

IV.  Socioeconomic Foundations (6 credits):

     ANTR 3047E  Public Health and Epidemiology

     ANTR 3086E  Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society

     ECON 2026E  Introduction to Urban Economics

     ECON 2027E  Introduction to Regional Economics

     GEOG 2247E  Economic Geography: Canadian Issues

     HIST 3276E  History of Northern Ontario

     INDG 3116E  Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System

     ISWK 2006E  Indigenous Social Welfare Issues

     SOCI 2306E  Introduction to Globalization/POLI 2306E  International Relations

     SWLF 2106E  Political Economy of Social Welfare

     WGSX 2036E  Gender, Work and Families

V.  Research and Applications (3 credits):

     ANTR 4086E  Applied Anthropology

     COST 3127E  Communication Research

     ENVI 3506E  The Living City

     ENVI 3516E  Greening the Built Environment

     GEOG 2017E  Applied Cartography and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

     INDG 3117E  Social Policy and Family Law with Native People

     ISWK 2007E  Applied Indigenous Social Work Issues

     ISWK 4416E  Conflict Resolution and Peace-Masking in Indigenous Social Work Practice

     LBST 2106E  Occupational Health and Safety, Level I

     LBST 3056E  Collective Bargaining 

     SOCI 2127E  Research Methods and Data Analysis

     STAT 2126E  Introduction to Statistics

     WGSX 2016E  The Production of Knowledge

 

Workplace and ?Labour Studies Approved Course List:
Workplace and Labour Studies Fundamentals List       NOTE:  Some courses are not offered every year
LBST 1006E     Introduction to Labour Studies I
LBST 1007E     Introduction to Labour Studies II
LBST/SOCI 2026E     The World of Work
LBST 2106E     Occupational Health and Safety I

LBST 2206E     Labour Relations and Professional Sports
LBST/SOCI 2246E     What do Unions do?
LBST 3005E     Field Research Placement I

LBST 3046E     Workers, Disability and Labour Rights

LBST 3056E     Collective Bargaining
LBST 3106E     Occupational Health and Safety II
LBST 3116E     Stress, Health and the Workplace
LBST 3126E     Public Sector Unions
LBST 3136E     Occupational Health & Safety:  The Social, Political & Economic Landscape
LBST/SOCI 3246E     Workplace Rights Advocacy
LBST/SOCI 3256E     Canadian Labour History

LBST 3306E     Labour and Environmental Policy

LBST 3316E     Provincial Labour and Employment Policy

LBST 3326E     Policies for Economic and Social Justice
LBST/JURI 3616E     Labour Law
LBST/JURI 3626E     Labour Law and the Modern State
LBST 3906E     Special Topics
LBST 4005E     Field Research Placement II
LBST 4096E     Issues n Labour Arbitration

LBST 4206E     Political Economy of Inequality

LBST 4216E     Comparative Employment Relations

Courses offered by Other Departments
ECON 2005E       (2006/2007) Intermediate Microeconomics Theory
ECON 2015E       (2016/2017) Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory
ECON 2086E       Canadian Economic Problems and Policies I
ECON 2087E       Canadian Economic Problems and Policies II
ECON 3046E       Labour Economics I
ECON 3236E       Marxist Economic Theory
ECON 3237E       Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 4047E       Labour Economics II
ENVI 2536E         Environment and Human Health
ENVI 2546E         (Dis)Abilties and Inclusive Build Enironments
HROB 2001E      Organizational Behaviour Theory
HROB 2002E      Organizational Behaviour Application
HROB 4021E      Industrial and Labour Relations in Canada
INDG 1116E        Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood
PHED 2526E       Introduction to Ergonomics
POLI 4407E         The State & Power Seminar
SCOM 4006E      Communicating Research
SOCI 2127E        Research Methods and Data Analysis
SOCI/POLI  2306E   Introduction to Globalization
SOCI 2656E        Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power
SOCI 3516E        In and Out of Work in the Global Economy
SOCI 4076E        Sociology of Labour Markets
SOCI 4086E        Class, Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Workplace
SOCI 4157E        Critical Analysis of Global Health Issues
SOCI 4216E        Capitalism, Work and the Regulation of Environmental Risks
STAT 2126E        Introduction to Statistics
WGSX 2036E     Gender, Work and Families
WGSX 3037E     Gender, Work and the Global Economy
WGSX 3035E     Women and Work (offered by Envision, may be taken in place of WOMN 2036/3037)
WGSX 3047E     Gender, Food and Health
LBST 200 & LBST 202 are approved as electives and offered by Athabasca University

Requirements for all degress for Labour Studies.

Year:

LBST-1006EL - Introduction to Labour Studies I LBST-1007EL - Introduction to Labour Studies II LBST-2026EL - The World of Work LBST-2106EL - Occupational Health and Safety, Level I LBST-2206EL - Labour Relations and Professional Sports LBST-2246EL - What Do Unions Do? LBST-3005EL - Field Research Placement I LBST-3046EL - Workers, Disability and Labour Rights LBST-3056EL - Collective Bargaining LBST-3106EL - Occupational Health and Safety Level II LBST-3116EL - Stress, Health, and the Workplace LBST-3126EL - Public Sector Unions LBST-3136EL - Occupational Health and Safety: the Social, Political, and Economic Landscapes
LBST-3246EL - Workplace Rights Advocacy LBST-3256EL - Canadian Labour History LBST-3306EL - Labour and Environmental Policy LBST-3316EL - Provincial Labour and Employment Policy LBST-3326EL - Policies for Economic and Social Justice LBST-3336EL - Organizational Theory LBST-3616EL - Labour Law LBST-3626EL - Labour Law and the Modern State LBST-3906EL - Special Topics LBST-4005EL - Field Research Placement II LBST-4096EL - Issues in Labour Arbitration LBST-4206EL - Political Economy of Inequality LBST-4216EL - Comparative Employment Relations

Sessionals / Faculty

Prof. Shelley Condratto
Prof. John Closs
Prof. Pamela Doig
Dr. Moira Ferguson
Prof. Donald Kuyek
Dr. Mercedes Steedman
Prof. Linda St.Pierre
Prof. Jamie West

 

Amalia-Kaili Beck

Amalia-Kaili Beck

School of Northern and Community Studies
Charles Daviau

Charles Daviau

Faculty of Arts
Darrel Manitowabi

Darrel Manitowabi

School of Northern and Community Studies
John Peters

John Peters

School of Northern and Community Studies
David Robinson

David Robinson

School of Northern and Community Studies
Reuben Roth

Reuben Roth

School of Northern and Community Studies