Undergraduate Course Descriptions
LER 083S FIRST YEAR SEMINAR IN LABOR STUDIES AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3)
Critical approaches to the dimensions and direction in Labor and Employment Relations.
LER 100 EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3) (GS)
Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of management, workers, unions, and the public.
LER 136 (WMNST) RACE, GENDER, AND EMPLOYMENT (3) (DF)
Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force participation of women and minorities.
LER 201 EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: LAW AND POLICY (3) (GS)
An examination of basic legal principles underlying the employment relationship and their social, political, and economic bases.
LER 312 RESEARCH METHODS IN LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3)
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)
Analysis of structure and elements of employment relations.
LER 401 THE LAW OF LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS (3)
Development of Anglo-American law regulating collective bargaining, with emphasis on American labor-management relations under Wagner, Taft-Hartley, and other acts. Prerequisite: 3 credits in Labor and Employment Relations or Political Science.
LER 403 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE STUDIES (3)
International Human Resource Studies (3) Course exploring human resource management from an international perspective.
LER 404 TRENDS IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (3)
Current structural and procedural conditions encouraging stability or conflict in collective bargaining. Prerequisites: LER 100, LER 104 or ECON 315
LER 409 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-LONG LEARNING PERSPECTIVE (3)
The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development. Prerequisite: 6th semester standing
LER 424 EMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (3)
Development and management of employment compensation systems. Prerequisite: LER 100.
LER 425 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (3)
The examination of employee benefits programs used by employers to meet the welfare needs of employees and their families. Prerequisite: LER 201 and 6th semester standing.
LER 426 STAFFING AND TRAINING STRATEGIES IN ORGANIZATIONS (3)
This course focuses on the theory and practice of human resource staffing and training in organizations.
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.
LER 435 LABOR RELATIONS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR (3)
Analysis of labor relations problems within different areas of public employment. Prerequisite: 3 credits in Labor and Employment Relations.
LER 437 WORKPLACE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (3)
Dispute resolution practices and procedures used in the workplace and employment law settings. Prerequisite: LER 100
LER 444 WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES (3)
The role of employees, unions, employers, and government in dealing with work-related health issues. Prerequisite: LER 100, 104, or sixth-semester standing.
LER 458Y (HIST) HISTORY OF WORK IN AMERICA (3) A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877. Prerequisite: HIST 021 or LER 100.
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.
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. Prerequisites: LER 100.
LER 464 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR LEADERS IN GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS (3)
Survey of theory, research, and practice related to processes by which individuals in groups and organizations exercise influence.
LER 465 COLLECTIVE DECISION MAKING (3)
Presents a broad overview of theories and practices in decision making as related to choice making in organizations.
LER 468 AMERICAN LABOR UNIONS (3) Students will examine, debate and gain a fundamental understanding of the current state of the American labor movement.
LER 472 WORK-LIFE PRACTICES AND POLICIES (3)
Exploration of the changing roles of work and family.
LER 475H LABOR IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: U.S. AND SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES (3)
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: 3 credits of LER.
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 488 CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR I (1.5) This course features an introduction to several useful career development resources, development of a personal profile of your career-related strengths and interests, exploration of career options, creation of a career development plan, and guidance for securing prospective internships and other relevant experiences.
LER 489 CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR II (1.5) This course is the second of two 1.5-credit seminars designed to help LER majors launch their career in labor, employment relations, or human resources. Both seminars guide students through the process of charting their career path and preparing for success as a professional. This seminar focuses on helping students to cultivate their professional brand, plan a job search strategy, market themselves as a professional in the world of work, manage a variety of interview challenges, and strengthen key work habits that are valued by employers and essential to success as a professional.
LER 495 LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS INTERNSHIP (1-12)
Supervised practicum in labor relations setting with union, management, or government agency. Prerequisite: prior approval by School.
LER 494 RESEARCH PROJECT (1-12)
LER 496 INDEPENDENT STUDIES (1-18)
LER 497 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9)