Comparative Labour Education (Revision 2)
Temporarily closed, effective April 12, 2017.
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study
Area of Study: Reading course - Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies). IDRL 496 can also be used to fulfill the Social Science area of study (credential students only).
Prerequisite: Permission of the course professor.
IDRL 496 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Welcome to Industrial Relations 496: Comparative Labour Education, a three-credit university course that examines labour education in a global and comparative perspective.
Upon completion of IDRL 496, students should be able to
- define labour education.
- discuss the historical development of Canadian labour education.
- delineate and explain the various educational traditions that influence labour educators.
- discuss the relationship between labour education, union building, and union culture.
- describe the current state of unions and learning in a variety of national contexts.
- discuss the connections among the various themes in labour education that you encounter in the course.
To receive credit for Industrial Relations 496: Comparative Labour Education, you must complete three written assignments and achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on each assignment. The weighting of the composite course grade is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Martin, D. (1995). Thinking union: Activism and education in Canada's labour movement. Toronto: Between the Lines.
Newman, M. (1993). The third contract: Theory and practice in trade union training (2nd ed.). Sydney: Stewart Victor Publishing.
Spencer, B. (Ed.). (2002). Unions and learning in a global economy: International and comparative perspectives. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc.
Taylor, J. (2001). Union learning: Canadian labour education in the twentieth century. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc.
The course materials also include a student manual-study guide.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, September 5, 2008.
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Updated April 12 2017 by Student & Academic Services