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Queen's University
 

Core Courses

PMIR Students are required to take seven (7) core courses and four (4) electives. 

MIR 810 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

The purpose of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the institutions of unionism and collective bargaining, their rationale, policies and programs, and their effects on workers, organizations, and the society. The course will be taught in a comparative U.S./Canadian context with an emphasis on workplace change.

MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I

This course addresses the fundamentals of the law governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship; rights of the employee and employer at common law, and their modification by minimum standards statutes and human rights legislation; the development of contemporary collective bargaining legislation; the certification process; unfair labour practices and the duty to bargain.

MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II

This course addresses the fundamentals of the law governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship; rights of the employee and employer at common law, and their modification by minimum standards statutes and human rights legislation; the development of contemporary collective bargaining legislation; the certification process; unfair labour practices and the duty to bargain.

MIR 830 - Human Resources Management

This course will familiarize students with the basic responsibilities of the human resources function in organizations. The course covers topics such as strategic planning, job analysis, recruitment, selection, training and development, career planning, performance appraisal, compensation and international HRM. Students will learn about the various tools and techniques available to human resource professionals (such as environmental scanning, delphi methods and transition probability matrices, performance appraisal instruments, selection techniques, job evaluation methods, and some of the various applications of needs analysis) through the use of lectures, case analyses, student presentations, and the text book with supplemental readings.

MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

This course examines contemporary labour market behaviour and processes and considers some of the emerging labour market issues and policies that are relevant to the study of industrial relations. The approach is to relate theory and empirical research from labour economics to industrial relations and institutional analyses. A selection of major topics that are typically covered include: the demand and supply for labour; human capital investments; contracts and compensation; unions and their impacts; and labour market discrimination and related public policy; and NAFTA related implications.

MIR 850 - Organizational Theory and Design

This course applied theories and methods from the behavioral sciences to the analysis of organizations.  Students are introduced to classical and modern theories of organization and their underlying assumptions of human nature, the relationship between organizations and their environment, and the role of power, politics and culture in decision-making.  Topics covered include job attitudes and job satisfaction, motivation, group formation, leadership and power, and organization design and culture.  Solutions/approaches to problems in organizations are covered at both the micro and macro levels.

MIR 897 - Analytical Methods in Industrial Relations

This course introduces students to research methods and tools used in the study of industrial relations.  The course includes selected topics related to the application of labour economics, human resources management, organizational behaviour, and labour law approaches to the analysis of industrial relations.  Specific topics and emphasis vary according to the instructor.

 

School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020