Industrial Relations (IDRL) 312

Conflict and Accommodation (Revision 7)

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Permanently closed, effective December 6, 2016.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies (Business and Administrative Studies). IDRL 312 can also be used to fulfill the Social Science area of study (credential students only).

Prerequisite: None. IDRL 201 or LBST 200 is recommended but not required.

Precluded Course: IDRL 311. IDRL 312 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for IDRL 311.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

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IDRL 312 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


IDRL 312 is designed to explore the major issues in the theory and practice of industrial relations in Canada. It serves as a jumping-off point to explore other senior courses addressing issues of human resource management and industrial relations. There are three major themes in the course: Employment Relationships, Conflict and Accommodation, and Critical Analysis of Accommodation.

IDRL 312 is designed for people working in unionized or non–unionized workplaces, in the public or private sector, and in managerial or non-managerial environments. The course fosters critical thinking by examining the connection between personal experience and wider social forces, or between private troubles and public issues.


IDRL 312 consists of 21 lessons, as outlined below:

  • Lesson 1: The Employment Relationship
  • Lesson 2: Pre-industrial and Industrial Forms of Employment
  • Lesson 3: The Common Law Contract of Employment
  • Lesson 4: The Contemporary Labour Market
  • Lesson 5: Human Resource Management
  • Lesson 6: Unitarism and Theory in Industrial Relations
  • Lesson 7: Conflict in Employment Relationships
  • Lesson 8: The Floor of Rights
  • Lesson 9: Trade Unions: Rationale and Development
  • Lesson 10: Recognition and the Effect of Unionization
  • Lesson 11: Pluralism and Collective Bargaining
  • Lesson 12: Labour Law: Rationale and Framework
  • Lesson 13: Collective Bargaining
  • Lesson 14: Collective Agreement and Grievance Arbitration
  • Lesson 15: Strikes, Lockouts, and Interest Arbitration
  • Lesson 16: Trade Union Limits and Incorporation
  • Lesson 17: Critiquing the Floor of Rights
  • Lesson 18: Radicalism and the Rights of Labour
  • Lesson 19: Globalization and the Changing Role of the State
  • Lesson 20: Public Sector Labour Relations
  • Lesson 21: The Future of Unions in Canada


To receive credit for IDRL 312: Conflict and Accommodation, you must pass the Final Examination and achieve an overall course grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). Any assignments not submitted will receive a zero. The weightings of the assignments and the Final Examination are indicated in the chart below:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 20% 10% 40% 100%

Supplemental Examinations — If you do not receive a passing grade on the Final Examination, you will be required to write a supplemental examination, on which you must receive a passing grade in order to receive credit for this course.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials

Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.


McQuarrie, F. (2011). Industrial relations in Canada (3rd Canadian ed.). Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd.

The course also includes a book of readings.

Other Materials

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the IDRL 312 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Examination

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 7, December 14, 2015.

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Updated December 23 2016 by Student & Academic Services