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School of Management and Labor Relations
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Ph.D. Program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources
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Master's Program in Human Resource Management (M.H.R.M.)
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Master's Program in Labor and Employment Relations (M.L.E.R.)
Five-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Labor and Employment Relations Degree Program
Labor Studies and Employment Relations
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Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses
Departmental Honors Program
Off-Campus Labor Studies and Employment Relations Courses
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  School of Management and Labor Relations 2006-2008 Labor Studies and Employment Relations Courses  

37:575:100Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations (3) Work, workers, and organizations that represent employees; class, race, gender, and work; legal, labor market, and human resource issues. Credit not given for both this course and 37:575:101.
37:575:101Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations (4) Same course as 37:575:100, with special emphasis on skill development through role-playing. Credit not given for both this course and 37:575:100.
37:575:201,202Development of the Labor Movement (3,3) A two-term overview of the history, philosophy, structure, and activities of trade unions and other worker organizations and their impact on the American economic, political, and social fabric. Each of these courses may be taken separately in any order, or together during the same term.
37:575:230Human Resource Issues in the Workplace (3) Introduction to various human resource issues and the context of HR decisions; compensation, staffing, benefits, employee motivation, performance appraisal, equal opportunity, and other concerns.
37:575:301Comparative Labor Movements (3) Introduction to the study of unionism as a worldwide phenomenon, with emphasis upon the similarities and differences between the American labor movement and foreign labor movements; the major problems confronting unions in selected European, Asian, Latin-American, and African nations.
37:575:302Comparative Social and Labor Legislation (3) A comparative study of social and labor legislation in foreign countries. Emphasis on the content of labor laws, their administration, the economic and social conditions that promoted them, the economy of nations, and effects of the laws on the relationship of labor and industry.
37:575:303Black Workers in American Society (3) Examination of the historical relationships between black workers and the American labor movement; analysis of problems facing black workers in the workplace.
37:575:305Theories of the Labor Movement (3) Various theories that influenced the development of labor unions. Prerequisite: 37:575:100 or 101, or permission of instructor.
37:575:307Latino Workers in the United States (3) Role of Latino workers in U.S. society and the U.S. economy; impact of the new migration on the U.S. labor market and social policy.
37:575:308Dynamics of Work and Work Organizations (3) Examination of the social dynamics of economic institutions and their corresponding work relations; corporate organization and trade union structure; selected problems of technological change and industrialization; human relations in industry and the changing bases of managerial authority.
37:575:309Working Women in American Society (3) Focus on the contemporary experience of working women, includingan exploration of current legal strategies and social policies created to address their concerns.
37:575:310Labor Relations in Professional Sports (3) Labor relations systems in professional sports in the United States; unique institutional aspects and common features on union-management and employee relations.
37:575:312Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (3) How people resolve work-related grievances: bargaining, grievance procedures, mediation, arbitration, demonstrations, strikes, and industrial violence. Examines union and nonunion workplaces.
37:575:313Technological Change and the World of Work (3) The application of computer and microchip technologies coupled with enormous range and flexibility of developing telecommunication systems and their effect on workers, labor unions, industry, and labor-management relations.
37:575:314Collective Bargaining (3) Comprehensive study of the development of collective bargaining. Examines the nature and scope of contracts; the changing character of collective bargaining processes through negotiation, legislation, the courts, and arbitration; and substantive issues in bargaining, including the implications for public policy. Prerequisite: 37:575:100 or 101, or permission of instructor.
37:575:315Employment Law (3) Legal rights of workers as shaped by legislation and judicial interpretation. Topics include discrimination, safety and health, labor standards, and privacy.
37:575:317Contingent and Nonstandard Work (3) Issues arising from employment relationships that have nonstandard aspects; temporary, leased, or part-time employees; independent contractors and owner-operators.
37:575:319Labor Union Structure and Administration (3) Structure, government, and internal administration of national unions, confederations of unions, and regional and local unions in the United States. Discussion of problems of union democracy. Prerequisite: 37:575:100 or 101, or permission of instructor.
37:575:320Immigrant Workers and Their Rights (3) Immigration and immigrant workers in American society; history; current legal rights; related public policy issues; immigrants in unions and community organizations.
37:575:322American Labor Unions in Politics (3) Role of the labor movement in the political process from the New Deal to the present, including an analysis of its ideology, its legislative agenda, its political action, and its impact on public policy.
37:575:325Economics of the Employment Relationship (3) Fundamentals of labor economics presented. Economic dimensions of public policies and human resource administration.
37:575:335Women and the Labor Movement in the United States and Globally (3) The relation between women and unions, historically and in the present. How unions can and have addressed issues, such as pay equity, equal opportunity, sexual and racial harassment, organizing women workers, and moving women into union leadership.
37:575:338Occupational Safety and Health (3) Federal and state regulatory laws and enforcement; the basic issues involved in safety and health in the workplace; and worker, union, and employer response to the issues.
37:575:340American Labor Law (3) Examination of the present legal arrangements governing the conduct of labor relations in the United States; historical development and impact of common law, legislative statutes, and court decisions on the growth of the labor movement. Prerequisite: 37:575:100 or 101, or permission of instructor.
37:575:345Organizational Behavior and Work (3) Behavior by individuals and groups in the workplace; group and intergroup dynamics; organizational culture, structure, and change; leadership, employee motivation, job performance, and feedback.
37:575:350Public Sector Collective Bargaining (3) Study of employer-employee relations in the public sector. Federal executive orders and state and municipal legislation regulating public employers and employee organizations; procedures for bargaining unit certification, representation, and recognition; dispute resolution techniques. Prerequisite: 37:575:100 or 101, or permission of instructor.
37:575:355Current Labor Problems (3) A selected number of labor issues that have particular relevance in contemporary society.
37:575:360Union Organizing (3) Introduction to and critical analysis of union-organizing strategies and tactics.
37:575:361Labor and Corporate Restructuring (3) How management efforts to decentralize organizational structures and reduce employment levels affect industrial relations, work and workers, skills, training, and productivity and the macroeconomy.
37:575:362The Work-Education Connection (3) How global economic changes affect the education needed by workers and education policy.
37:575:363Labor and the Global Economy (3) Changes in the global economy and their effects on the living standards and bargaining power of American workers and their unions. Alternative strategies for dealing with globalization.
37:575:364Diversity in the Workplace (3) How the increasing demographic diversity of American workplaces affects social relations, cultural dynamics, and organizational effectiveness.
37:575:395Perspectives on Labor Studies (3) In-depth study of the classic works on the nature of labor, the relationship of work to other social functions, and the relationship between workers and management. Open only to labor studies majors who have completed at least 15 credits of labor studies course work.
37:575:401Research Methods in Labor Studies (3) The nature and sources of labor statistics; alternative research methods used in the study of labor problems.
37:575:407Workers' Movements in New Jersey (3) Examination of workers' movements at state and local levels in New Jersey, using library resources, interviews, participant observations, and movement archives. Research results document the development of the New Jersey labor movement.
37:575:450Senior Seminar in Labor Studies (3) In-depth study of a labor studies topic. Intensive reading and discussion designed to integrate student experiences in the labor studies major. Open only to labor studies majors who have completed at least 21 credits of labor studies course work.
37:575:490Internship in Labor Education (BA) Students work under the supervision of individual faculty members and other experienced labor educators to develop and/orteach courses and workshops. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
37:575:480,481, 491,492,493Topics in Labor Studies (3,3,3,3,3) In-depth examination of particular topics concerning work organization, work problems, or worker organizations.
37:575:494,495Independent Study and Research (BA,BA) An individual reading and research project under the guidance of a labor studies faculty member on a topic of interest to the student. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
37:575:496,497Internship in Labor Studies (BA,BA) Students work as staff members in a labor union or labor-related organization (public or private), in an industrial relations unit in private industry, or as employees in a position that permits observation of and participation in a labor union at the grassroots level. Allows students to apply conceptual knowledge learned in the classroom to actual situations and to acquire new skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
37:575:498,499Honors in Labor Studies (BA,BA) An individual research and reading project under the guidance of a member of the department. Prerequisite: Permission of department. Open only to honors students.
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