Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Labour Studies
Regulations effective September 1, 2003

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.
The University Certificate in Labour Studies is designed for students who want to know more about the position of labour and working people in society. The program will be of particular interest to trade unionists at both the leadership and general membership levels. Students may obtain either the University Certificate in Labour Studies or the University Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations, but not both. Students who have completed the former University Certificate in Labour Relations, or the University Certificate in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, may not enrol in this program.

AU advisors have developed a Program Plan to assist you.

  Total 30
  Required credits 12
  Elective credits 18
  Through AU
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment
and Recognition credits*
  General certificate regulations  
  Required Courses (12 credits)
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour (6)
LBST 200 Introduction to Labour Studies
LBST 202 Labour College of Canada: Introduction to
Labour Studies
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)





Students are recommended to begin their program with LBST 200 or LBST 202.


EDUC 310 The Canadian Training System (3)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
HIST 470 Pre-Industrial Origins of Labour and
Socialist Thought
HIST 471 Labour and Socialist Thought in the Early Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850 (3)
HIST 472 Labour and Socialist Thought in the Later Industrial Revolution, 1850-1917 (3)
HIST 486 The Industrial Revolution (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy (3)
POEC 483 International Political Economy: Power, Production, and Global Order (3)
POLI 383 Introduction to Canadian Political Economy (3)
PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 381 The Sociology of Power and Inequality (3)

Approved Labour Studies transfer credits of up to a
maximum of 15.

Transfer Credits for Union Education and Prior Learning

AU grants advanced credit in the Labour Studies program for some union education programs. Students with a Labour College of Canada certificate, for example, may be eligible to receive 9 credits. Students who have completed the Canadian Auto Workers Paid Educational Leave course may be eligible to receive 3 credits. Students who have completed the Canadian Postal Workers' Union Education Program may be eligible to receive 6 credits. Credit is also granted for other union education programs and for other forms of prior learning. Contact AU for details. Many unions, and some employers, will reimburse students for the cost of university tuition fees. Discuss this with your union representative or employer.

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