Legal Studies (LGST) 310

Human Rights, the Charter and Labour Relations (Revision 4)

LGST 310

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: LGST 310 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with IDRL 309. LGST 310 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for IDRL 309.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Industrial Relations 309/Legal Studies 310: Human Rights, the Charter and Labour Relations examines the discourse and operation of human rights in Canada. We begin from the premise that the "human" rights codified in constitutional documents, statutory and case law, and international agreements reflect the particular political and economic system from which they have emerged. In this way, the balance of power between labour and capital (as well as between men and women) has shaped what rights we recognize as "human rights."

Our focus on employment relationships reflects that almost everyone has experienced employment and thus it is a useful window into the specific political and economic context within which human rights exist. Similarly, the most accessible interaction between human rights and employment is in litigation about the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For this reason, we will spend a significant amount of time examining this repository of human rights and how it impacts both employment legislation as well as the legislative and administrative actions of government.


  • Unit 1 – Capitalism, Employment, and Political Economy
  • Unit 2 – Human Rights: Origins and Contradictions
  • Unit 3 – Human Rights and The Charter
  • Unit 4 – The Charter and Labour Relations to 1999
  • Unit 5 – The Charter an Labour Relations since 2000
  • Unit 6 – Freedom of Association and Minority Unionism


To receive credit for LGST 310, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent), complete /submit all four assignments and achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Telephone Quiz 1 10%
Written Assignment 1 30%
Telephone Quiz 2 10%
Written Assignment 2 30%
Final Examination 20%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Teeple. G. (2004). The riddle of human rights. Aurora, ON: Garamond.

Other Materials

The course materials include an online study guide and readings.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LGST 310 challenge registration, you must achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) on a 3000-word essay.

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.

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