Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
(Three years— 90 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2005

The Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations is an integrated, multidisciplinary program of courses that examines employment relations within their social, legal, political, and economic contexts. The program will be of interest to trade unionists, managers, human resource specialists, and individuals interested in better understanding the employment relations of their own workplace. Students are strongly encouraged to register in ADMN 233 or ENGL 255 early in their program. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations.  These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (45 credits) into the three-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a program plan to assist you. Counselling Services offers an assessment Web site, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program
  Required core courses
  Electives and option courses
  Maximum transfer credit
  Minimum at senior (300/400) level
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
  Maximum Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) credits
  Required Core Courses (30 credits)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition
EDUC 310 The Canadian Training System
HRMT/ ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management
HRMT/ ORGB 387 Strategic Human Resource Management
IDRL 305 Collective Bargaining
IDRL 308 Occupational Health and Safety
IDRL 312 Industrial Relations: A Critical Introduction*
IDRL 312 (3) replaces the former IDRL 311 (6). Students presenting IDRL 311 will be credited with IDRL 312 and granted 3 credits of elective course requirements.  
IDRL 320 Labour Law in Canada
HRMT 322 Employment Law in Canada
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry


  Electives (select 45 credits from the following)
ACCT All courses
ADMN All courses
ANTH 275 Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CMIS All courses
COMM All courses
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design
ECON All courses
EDUC 301 Educational Issues and Social Change I: Historical Social Perspectives
EDUC 302 Educational Issues and Social Change II: Current Debates
EDUC 310 The Canadian Training System
EDUC 401 The Purposes of Adult Education
HIST 336 History of Canadian Labour
HRMT All courses
IDRL All courses
LBST All courses
LGST All courses
ORGB All courses
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics
POEC All courses
PSYC All courses
SOCI 381 The Sociology of Power and Inequality

Options (15 credits)




Junior- or senior-level credits from any area, including from the electives above (provided they haven't been used to satisfy the elective requirement).

Students wishing to substitute another course(s) for the electives may do so with the permission of the program director.


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