Labour and Employment Relations

In a unionized environment, conflicts between employees and managers are addressed through negotiation, discussion, and interpretation of the collective agreement. This course introduces the fundamentals of the union-management relationship with an emphasis on the legal and practical framework in BC. Core topics include employment and labour legislation, the certification process, collective bargaining, interpretation of the collective agreement, and dispute resolution.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Sasha Ramnarine $649.00 24 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the individual employment contract and relevant employment legislation in Canada
  • Apply bargaining strategies to guide collective agreement negotiations       
  • Analyze the factors that contribute to unionization in the workplace
  • Examine the structure and functions of the labour movement
  • Distinguish the different strategies that encompass the relationship between union and management
  • Examine the available pathways utilized during dispute resolution
  • Assess the various provisions of the B.C. Labour Relations Code and how it governs industrial relations in B.C.

How will I learn?

You may take this course in the classroom or online. Classes may consist of a combination of lectures, discussions, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments and/or group presentations.

Whether you're studying in class or online, prepare to spend six to ten hours per week on coursework. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

Online students: You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access Canvas at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments.

How will I be evaluated?

If you're taking a classroom course:

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Examinations
  • Participation/Attendance

If you're taking an online course:

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Weekly quizzes and exercises
  • Examinations

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course.

You will access other course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation(s):

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