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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (Three years – 90 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

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 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.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements. Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "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.
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.
Maximum Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) credits
No preparatory (100-level) courses will count towards this program

Required Core Courses (30 credits)

ENGL 255 Introductory Composition

EDUC 317

Training and Development in Organizations

HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management
IDRL 316 Practice of Labour Relations
IDRL 309/LGST 310

Human Rights, the Charter and Labour Relations


LBST 330 Workers and the Economy
IDRL 215 Introduction to Labour Relations
IDRL 308 Occupational Health and Safety
IDRL 320 Labour Law in Canada

SOCI 321 Sociology of Work and Industry
SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Electives (45 credits)

Note: A minimum of 9 credits must be selected from the courses in HRMT and/or IDRL.
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN All courses
ANTH 275 Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 277 Group Communication (3)
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design
ECON All courses
EDUC All courses
GOVN All courses  
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 200 Introduction to Career Development
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 305 The Career Development Portfolio (3)
PSYC 310 Learning and Instruction (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 401 Learning Through Life (3)
PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance (3)
SOCI 300 How Humans Organize: From Primary Groups to the World Wide Web
SOCI 301 Social Statistics (3)
SOCI 332 Women and Unions (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 381 The Rich and the Rest: The Sociology of Wealth, Power, and Inequality (3)

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



Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated August 13 2018 by laurab

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