MGMT326

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.

Prerequisite(s):

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 12 Louisa Poskitt $599.00 30 Register
Online - - $599.00 27 Register
Vancouver 12 Ryan Anderson $599.00 29 Register
Online - - $599.00 29 Register
Vancouver 12 Ryan Anderson $599.00 30 Register

For campus-based courses, registration may close up to one week before the course begins.  

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

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
  • Describe the factors that contribute to unionization in the workplace
  • Describe the structure and functions of the labour movement
  • Describe the various provisions of the BC Labour Relations Code and how it governs industrial relations in BC
  • Compare management strategies toward unions and union strategies toward management
  • Explain the causes and consequences of strike activity
  • Describe the third-party assistance that is available to unions and management in completing contract negotiations and administering a collective agreement

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

If you're taking a classroom course:

Your course materials will be provided in class.

If you're taking an online 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.

Professional development credits

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

English language requirements

To succeed in our programs and courses, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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