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Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER)

LER 100 (GS) Employment Relations (3) Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of managements, workers, unions, and the public.

LER 100 Employment Relations (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the employment relations process in the U.S. and to the institutions that participate in this process. This will be done by examining the areas: the evolution of labor-management relations in this country, including the history of workers' attempts to organize unions, management's response, and government's role; the institutions that participate in the employment relations process--unions, management, and government; the process of employment relations, including organizing a union, negotiating a contract, and administering that contract; outcomes of collective bargaining, public sector/international employment relations, and current issues/trends in employment relations.

Employment relations is a process studied from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This course will, therefore, draw on a number of social and behavioral science disciplines including economics, history, psychology, political science, and sociology.

This course will also incorporate active and collaborative approaches to learning. Through recitation sections, students will have an opportunity to gain experience in taking responsibility for learning and in working with others in a team situation. Students will be evaluated on the basis of exams, group activities, written assignments, and class participation.

This course is the introductory course in Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER) curriculum. It will help prepare students for all subsequent courses in the LER B.A. and B.S. majors and serve as a prerequisite for some advanced LER courses. This course is required for the LER B.A. and B.S. majors and the LER minor. It also counts toward the fulfillment of the general education or Bachelor of Arts social/behavioral science requirement.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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