Courses

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

LER 083S FIRST YEAR SEMINAR IN LABOR STUDIES AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3) (BA) (GS)
Critical approaches to the dimensions and direction in Labor and Employment Relations. 

LER 100 EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3) (BA) (GS) 
Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of management, workers, unions, and the public.

LER 136 (WMNST, AFAM) RACE, GENDER, AND EMPLOYMENT (3) (BA) (US) (GS)
Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force participation of women and minorities.

LER 136W (WMNST, AFAM) RACE, GENDER, AND EMPLOYMENT (3) (BA) (IL) (GS)
Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force participation of women and minorities. This course is a writing intensive course designed to develop formal writing appropriate for a business context.

LER 165N WORK AND LITERATURE (3) (GS) (GH)
This class approaches the question of work from the perspective of two disciplines: labor and employment relations and literature.

LER 201 EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: LAW AND POLICY (3) (BA) (GS) 
An examination of basic legal principles underlying the employment relationship and their social, political, and economic bases.

LER 304 LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS FUNDAMENTALS (3)
The course surveys the main elements of modern labor and employment relations systems in the U.S. and beyond. Prerequisite: LER 100

LER 305 HUMAN RESOURCES FUNDAMENTALS (3) (BA) (GS) 
This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand and apply important concepts concerning human resources in the workplace. Prerequisite: LER 100

LER 312 RESEARCH METHODS IN LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3) (BA) 
Provides an understanding of social science research as employed in the field of employment relations and human resources.

LER 400 COMPARATIVE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS SYSTEMS (3) (BA) (IL) 
Analysis of structure and elements of employment relations. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 401 THE LAW OF LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS (3) (BA)
Development of Anglo-American law regulating collective bargaining, with emphasis on American labor-management relations under Wagner, Taft-Hartley, and other acts. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 403 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE STUDIES (3) (BA) (IL)
International Human Resource Studies (3) Course exploring human resource management from an international perspective. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 409 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:  A LIFE-LONG LEARNING PERSPECTIVE (3) (BA)
The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.  Prerequisite:  OLEAD 100 or 5th semester standing

LER 410 (RHS) EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (3)
This course is designed for students to develop knowledge, skills, and necessary resources to understand and practice effective employment strategies in working with people with disabilities, including individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds.

LER 426 STAFFING AND TRAINING STRATEGIES IN ORGANIZATIONS (3) (BA)
This course focuses on the theory and practice of human resource staffing and training in organizations. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 427 ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS PROFESSIONALS (3)
This course examines human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) from a strategic perspective embedded in a complex and evolving organizational system. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 428 TOTAL REWARDS
This course requires students to learn the link between company's strategy and compensation and understand core policies necessary to develop effective compensation systems. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 434 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION (3) 
Survey of the collective bargaining process, including underlying theories, current practice, administration of the collective agreement, and likely future trends. Prerequisite: LER 100 and LER 304

LER 435 LABOR RELATIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3) (BA)
Analysis of labor relations problems within different areas of public employment. Prerequisite: 3 credits in Labor and Employment Relations. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 437 WORKPLACE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (3) (BA)
Dispute resolution practices and procedures used in the workplace and employment law settings. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 444 WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH:  PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES (3) (BA)
The role of employees, unions, employers, and government in dealing with work-related health issues. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 458Y (HIST) HISTORY OF WORK IN AMERICA (3) (BA) (US)
A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877. Prerequisite: 3 credits in HIST or LER or LER 100 or 5th semester standing

LER 459 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS (3)
Students will learn how collective bargaining works in professional sports and how it compares to bargaining in other industries. Prerequisite: LER 100 and 4th semester standing

LER 460 HUMAN RESOURCE ETHICS (3) 
Each student is expected to learn several frameworks used to make moral judgements. The students are expected to develop proficiency in applying these frameworks to common human resources questions and in recognizing settings where moral judgement is required. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER (OLEAD) 464 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR LEADERS IN GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS (3) (BA)
Survey of theory, research, and practice related to processes by which individuals in groups and organizations exercise influence. Prerequisite: 5th semester standing

LER (OLEAD) 465 COLLECTIVE DECISION MAKING (3) (BA) 
Presents a broad overview of theories and practices in decision making as related to choice making in organizations. Prerequisite: 5th semester standing

LER 466 LABOR UNION STRUCTURE, ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE (3) (BA) (US)
This course provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the manner in which the American Labor Movement is structure, administered and governed as it pursues economic, social and political objectives. Prerequisite: LER 100

LER 468 AMERICAN LABOR UNIONS (3)
Students will examine, debate and gain a fundamental understanding of the current state of the American labor movement. Prerequisite: LER 100

LER 472 (WMNST) WORK-LIFE PRACTICES AND POLICIES (3) (BA)
Exploration of the changing roles of work and family. Prerequisite: LER 100 or 3 other credits of LER or 5th semester standing

LER 475 (GEOG) LABOR IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: U.S. AND SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES (3) (Honors) Examines globalization and its impact on work and employment around the world. Special emphasis on the case of South Africa and the United States.

LER 480 CURRENT ISSUES IN HUMAN RESOURCES (3) 
Examines current issues in the field of human resource management, including innovative work schedules, telecommuting, non-traditional office environments, etc. Prerequisite: LER 305

LER 485 THE BUSINESS SIDE OF HUMAN RESOURCES (3)
Students will examine the interface between HR, the business model, and other aspects of the business organization.

LER 494 RESEARCH PROJECT (1-12) (BA)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

LER 494H RESEARCH PROJECT (1-12) (BA)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis. Honors.

LER 495 LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS INTERNSHIP (1-12) (BA)
Supervised practicum in labor relations setting with union, management, or government agency. Prerequisite: prior approval by School

LER 496 INDEPENDENT STUDIES (1-18) (BA)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

LER 497 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9) (BA)
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

LER 499 Foreign Studies (12) (BA) (IL)
Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.