Labour Studies provides a broad interdisciplinary learning experience with real life applications. We examine many aspects of work and society, including how job markets work, how workplaces are changing, laws and regulations, unions, sexism, racism and more. We explore "big picture" questions such as: Could work be organized differently? How does the global political economy affect workers in Canada and around the world? Can working people change society? Do unions have a future?
We also study strategies for exercising rights at work, improving working conditions and gaining respect.
What Can You Do With a Labour Studies Degree?
Labour Studies both offers students the opportunity to understand work and society and prepares students for employment in a number of fields.
A Labour Studies degree is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies in industrial relations and labour studies as well as for law school.
Graduates of our Advanced Major program have careers as union organizers, representatives and researchers, human relations officers, constituency assistants, Employment Standards Officers, worker advocates, health and safety officers, and in various branches of government.
Others work as lawyers, in social agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or businessses.
Our graduates work in jobs including:
-Employment Standards Officer
-Health and Safety Officer
-Human Rights Investigator
-Human Resources Manager
-Labour Relations Board Officer
-Workers' Compensation Board Caseworker