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Labor Relations and Human Resources (LRS)

Director: Professor Scholl

432 Work, Employment, and Society

See Sociology 432.

500 (or MBA 571) Labor Relations and Human Resources (3)

Introduction to labor relations and human resources, including employment practices in unionized and non-union organizations; also issues related to data sources and research methodology. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

503 Problems in Public Personnel Administration

See Political Science 503.

520 Developments in Worker Representation (3)

Structure, functions, responsibilities, and programs of unions and union leadership. Emphasis on policies and decision making. Evaluation of labor and management performance. Consideration of administrative problems associated with growth of white collar unions. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

521 (or PSC 521) Comparative Labor Relations Systems (3)

Comparative labor and industrial relations systems, including union, management, and government functions and roles; also the functions of international organizations in labor relations. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

526 (or ECN 526) Economics of Labor Markets (3)

The theory of labor market behavior, and application of theory for public policy analysis in areas such as discrimination, unemployment, and education. (Lec. 3) Pre: ECN 201 and 202 or 590 or equivalent.

531 Employment Law (3)

Analysis of legislation protecting worker health, employment, and income security, including OSHA, workers’ compensation, equal opportunity, fair labor standards, Walsh-Healy and Davis-Bacon, pension funds, unemployment compensation, and social security. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of Labor Research Center director.

532 Seminar in Employment Law (3 )

Advanced seminar to review and evaluate current issues and changing trends in selected aspects of employment law. May be repeated for credit with different topic, for maximum of 6 credits. (Seminar) Pre: permission of instructor.

533 Pension, Health Care, and Employee Benefit Programs (3)

An analysis of employee assistance plans (EAPs), health fringe benefits, and pension plans and their negotiation within both private and public sectors. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor and Labor Research Center director.

541 Labor Relations Law (3)

Legal framework for private and public sector collective bargaining. Regulation of activities with emphasis on individual rights, collective rights, and policy considerations of federal and state courts, the NLRB, and state labor boards in determining society’s rights. Case studies. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

542 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (3)

Collective bargaining literature, theories, and practice. Emphasis on the institutional features of bargaining in both public and private sectors as well as techniques and dynamics of the bargaining process. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

544 (or HIS 544) Colloquium in Worker History (3)

Selected topics in American worker history with an emphasis on the most recent literature in the field. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

545 Arbitration and Mediation of Labor and Employment Disputes (3)

Students prepare, present, and analyze labor and employment arbitration/mediations. The course also covers interest arbitration and innovative methods for resolving disputes. Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

546 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)

Examination of the interpersonal dynamics of negotiations and conflict resolution processes, including interest-based or collaborative bargaining in a variety of contexts; e.g. labor relations, community, environmental, divorce, racial, commercial. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

551 (or MBA 571) Human Resource Strategy (3)

Human resource issues addressed in context of changing product and labor markets, including relationship among human resource policies, the economic, social, and political environment, and firms’ strategic objectives. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor.

573 (or MBA 573) Staffing Organizations (3)

Introduction to the staffing process from scientific, legal, administrative, and strategic perspectives. Covers workforce planning, strategic staffing, job analysis, recruitment, selection testing, interviewing, and making final hiring decisions. Pre: MBA 502 or LRS 500 or MBA 571.

579 (or EDC 579) Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in Education

Collective bargaining in public and private educational sectors, K-12, higher education; literature, theory, practice, and legal foundations in education. Comprehensive case studies will be used. (Lec. 3)

580 Professional Seminar in Labor Relations and Human Resources (3)

Advanced labor relations seminar of variable coverage and focus; adjusted yearly to consider most recent labor relations developments. Major research paper required. (Seminar) Pre: final semester graduate standing in labor relations and human resources and permission of Labor Research Center director.

581 Internship: Labor Relations and Human Resources (3-6)

Variable length internship with a trade union, a public or private sector personnel or industrial relations department, or a governmental administrative or regulatory agency, under the supervision of both a URI Labor Research Center faculty member and a member of the affiliated organization. May be taken as one 6-credit unit or two 3-credit units. (Practicum) Pre: graduate standing in labor relations and human resources and permission of Labor Research Center director. S/U only.

590, 591 Directed Readings and Research in Labor Relations and Human Resources (3 each)

Readings and research under the direction of LRC-associated faculty to meet individual student requirements. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing in labor relations and human resources and permission of Labor Research Center director and instructor.


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