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Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies (B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 (C-) including an average of at least 4.0 (C-) in six units of in LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 4.0 (C-) in one of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Honours BA Labour Studies (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including an average of at least 5.0 (C) in six units of LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in 3 units of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Combined Honours BA in Labour Studies (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including an average of at least 5.0 (C) in six units of LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in 3 units of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Minor in Labour Studies (Minor)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program in another discipline.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Master of Arts in Work & Society (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
1 year full-time. Up to 5 years allowed for part-time studies.
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent from any discipline
Program Type:
Thesis and Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Studies (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 Years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree
Program Type:
Thesis and Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

The Labour Studies Joint Certificate with the Hamilton & Brantford District Labour Councils (U.Cert.)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
N/A
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Part-time

Unifor-McMaster Labour Studies Certificate (U.Cert.)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
N/A
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Part-time

B.A.Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate and degree programs in Labour Studies and Work and Society that are widely recognized as among the best in the world. Our undergraduate and graduate students have high rates of success in securing careers in labour law, community development, Industrial relations, health & safety, lawyer, mediator,  disability case worker, civil servant, community development, policy analysis, teaching, occupational health and safety, labour research and labour organizing.

Our students enjoy learning in a cooperative, intellectually exciting environment.  In their classes they engage with the many and varied issues that animate our contemporary worlds of work: What are the barriers to gender and racial equality at work? Are our workplaces safe and healthy? What are the reasons for the growth of precarious forms of work? Can we 'green' the economy? What are the solutions to these issues? As they were in decades past, are unions a part of the solutions?  We are a small program. Students get to know their professors. Teaching is very important to us. In the classroom we seek to inform, challenge and learn from our students. Our faculty are at the forefront of research and critical labour issues in Canada and around the world. Our staff is committed to providing excellent and friendly advice and service to our students.

90 units total (Levels I to III), of which 42 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program.
    (See Admission above.)

9 units

21 units

from

  • Course List, where at least nine units must be selected from Levels III or IV courses.

0-3 units

from

27-30 units

  • Electives, of which at least six units must be taken from outside of Labour Studies

Enrollment in the BA is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement, but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 and a minimum average of 4.0 in LABST 1A03 and 1C03 or a grade of C- or greater in one of LABST 1A03 or 1C03. Students who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies may be considered for conditional admission if space is available and are encouraged to apply. Students who have who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies will be required to complete 3 more units of Level I Labour Studies during their Level II year.

Application for admission must be made through MOSAIC by April 1.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Labour Studies:  Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Inspired by a career studying labour issues and a grandfather who supported his extended family by working a blue-collar job, Professor Emeritus Graham Knight has established the Alice and Walter Day Scholarship.

The scholarship is named in honour of Dr. Knight’s grandparents, who helped raise him as a youth in England. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is entering his or her fourth year in the labour studies program and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

“It’s a small gesture to reward and encourage others,” says Dr. Knight, who was a professor in both the sociology and communications departments and dedicated his 37-year career to studying labour issues. “I had an opportunity to offer maybe not a helping hand, but a helping finger.”

Dr. Knight says he donated the scholarship in the memory of his grandparents because they represented a period of time where there were limited opportunities for people from blue-collar households to advance in society.

“My grandfather was a man who, had the opportunity been presented, would have become a professional. He was a very bright man,” says Dr. Knight, who recognizes he was fortunate to be part of a generation that was presented several opportunities for social mobilization.

Dr. Knight says he hopes the scholarship helps a new generation of students that now face unique economic and social mobility challenges.

In 2009, The Association of Management, administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) in honour of Mr. Tony Dean, M.A. (Labour Studies Class of '80) established an award (value $1,000) to recognize his distinguished thirty-year career in public service in the Province of Ontario. The Tony Dean Scholarship, to be awarded to a Labour Studies student who has completed Level I and an additional 30-75 units of a Labour Studies program and who, in the judgment of the School of Labour Studies, has attained notable academic standing and has demonstrated qualities of leadership at McMaster University or in the community. Preference will normally be given to a student who displays a commitment to social justice. This award is not open to students in their graduating session. A student may receive this award only once. Students who wish to be considered for this award are encouraged to submit their resume to the School of Labour Studies by April 15th each year.

The United Steelworkers of America has graciously made available over 20 new bursaries for Labour Studies students (please see below for a full listing). Students can apply for these bursaries at the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship office or by visiting their website:  http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/bursary/macbur.html

In addition to many general University awards, there are particular Labour Studies scholarships named in memory of Larry Sefton provided by the Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council. These are separate awards ($500 each) for full-time and part-time Labour Studies students at any level.

The Melinda Wapshaw Achievement Award, established by her friends and fellow students, is given to the student who has completed Level III with the highest Sessional Average in an Honours programme in Labour Studies

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/

2016/2017 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
Sharon Molnar
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 717
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24692
labourstudies@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 (C-) including an average of at least 4.0 (C-) in six units of in LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 4.0 (C-) in one of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

Hons.B.A.Honours BA Labour Studies

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate and degree programs in Labour Studies and Work and Society that are widely recognized as among the best in the world. Our undergraduate and graduate students have high rates of success in securing careers in labour law, community development, Industrial relations, health & safety, lawyer, mediator,  disability case worker, civil servant, community development, policy analysis, teaching, occupational health and safety, labour research and labour organizing.

Our students enjoy learning in a cooperative, intellectually exciting environment.    In their classes they engage with the many and varied issues that animate our contemporary worlds of work: What are the barriers to gender and racial equality at work? Are our workplaces safe and healthy? What are the reasons for the growth of precarious forms of work? Can we 'green' the economy? What are the solutions to these issues? As they were in decades past, are unions a part of the solutions?  We are a small program. Students get to know their professors. Teaching is very important to us. In the classroom we seek to inform, challenge and learn from our students. Our faculty are at the forefront of research and critical labour issues in Canada and around the world. Our staff is committed to providing excellent and friendly advice and service to our students.

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program
    (See Admission above.)

9 units

21 units

from

  • Course List 1, where at least nine units must be selected from Levels III or IV courses

3-6 units

from

  • Course List 2

3 units

from

9 units

from

0-3 units

from

42-45 units

  • Electives, of which at least six units must be taken from outside of Labour Studies

Enrollment in the Honours BA is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement, but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative average of at least 5.0 for Honours and a minimum average of 5.0 in LABST 1A03 and 1C03 or a grade of C or greater in one of LABST 1A03 or 1C03. Students who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies may be considered for conditional admission if space is available and are encouraged to apply. Students who have who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies will be required to complete 3 more units of Level I Labour Studies during their Level II year.

Application for admission must be made through MOSAIC by April 1.

 

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Labour Studies:  Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Inspired by a career studying labour issues and a grandfather who supported his extended family by working a blue-collar job, Professor Emeritus Graham Knight has established the Alice and Walter Day Scholarship.

The scholarship is named in honour of Dr. Knight’s grandparents, who helped raise him as a youth in England. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is entering his or her fourth year in the labour studies program and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

“It’s a small gesture to reward and encourage others,” says Dr. Knight, who was a professor in both the sociology and communications departments and dedicated his 37-year career to studying labour issues. “I had an opportunity to offer maybe not a helping hand, but a helping finger.”

Dr. Knight says he donated the scholarship in the memory of his grandparents because they represented a period of time where there were limited opportunities for people from blue-collar households to advance in society.

“My grandfather was a man who, had the opportunity been presented, would have become a professional. He was a very bright man,” says Dr. Knight, who recognizes he was fortunate to be part of a generation that was presented several opportunities for social mobilization.

Dr. Knight says he hopes the scholarship helps a new generation of students that now face unique economic and social mobility challenges.

 

In 2009, The Association of Management, administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) in honour of Mr. Tony Dean, M.A. (Labour Studies Class of '80) established an award (value $1,000) to recognize his distinguished thirty-year career in public service in the Province of Ontario. The Tony Dean Scholarship, to be awarded to a Labour Studies student who has completed Level I and an additional 30-75 units of a Labour Studies program and who, in the judgment of the School of Labour Studies, has attained notable academic standing and has demonstrated qualities of leadership at McMaster University or in the community. Preference will normally be given to a student who displays a commitment to social justice. This award is not open to students in their graduating session. A student may receive this award only once. Students who wish to be considered for this award are encouraged to submit their resume to the School of Labour Studies by April 15th each year.

The United Steelworkers of America has graciously made available over 20 new bursaries for Labour Studies students (please see below for a full listing). Students can apply for these bursaries at the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship office or by visiting their website:  http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/bursary/macbur.html

In addition to many general University awards, there are particular Labour Studies scholarships named in memory of Larry Sefton provided by the Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council. These are separate awards ($500 each) for full-time and part-time Labour Studies students at any level.

The Melinda Wapshaw Achievement Award, established by her friends and fellow students, is given to the student who has completed Level III with the highest Sessional Average in an Honours programme in Labour Studies

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/

2016/2017 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
Sharon Molnar
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 717
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24692
labourstudies@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including an average of at least 5.0 (C) in six units of LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in 3 units of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

Hons.B.A.Combined Honours BA in Labour Studies

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate and degree programs in Labour Studies and Work and Society that are widely recognized as among the best in the world. Our students enjoy learning in a cooperative, intellectually exciting environment. In their classes they engage with the many and varied issues that animate our contemporary worlds of work: What are the barriers to gender and racial equality at work? Are our workplaces safe and healthy? What are the reasons for the growth of precarious forms of work? Can we 'green' the economy? What are the solutions to these issues? As they were in decades past, are unions a part of the solutions? We are a small program. Students get to know their professors. Teaching is very important to us. In the classroom we seek to inform, challenge and learn from our students. Our faculty are at the forefront of research and critical labour issues in Canada and around the world. Our staff is committed to providing excellent and friendly advice and service to our students.

Our undergraduate and graduate students have high rates of success in securing careers in labour law, community development, Industrial relations, health & safety, lawyer, mediator,  disability case worker, civil servant, community development, policy analysis, teaching, occupational health and safety, labour research and labour organizing.

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

 

30 units

from

the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program

(See Admission above.)

 

9 units

from

LABR ST 2A03 - Unions in Action

LABR ST 2C03 - Theoretical Foundations of the Labour Movement

LABR ST 2E03 - Working in the 21st Century: Challenges and Possibilities

LABR ST 3H03 - Research Methods

 

18 units

from

Course List, where at least nine units must be selected from Levels III or IV

(See above.)

 

36 units

courses specified for the other subject

 

3 units

from

SOC SCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics or

an equivalent Research Methods/Statistics course specified by the other subject.

(See Note 5 above.)

 

9 units

from

LABR ST 4A06 - Research and Field Experience

LABR ST 4C03 - Public Sector Collective Bargaining

LABR ST 4E03 - Comparative Labour Systems

LABR ST 4F03 - Work and the Environment

LABR ST 4G03 - Advanced Topics in Labour Studies

LABR ST 4H03 - Working Precariously: Labour Strategies, Labour Renewal

(See Note 7 above.)

0-3 units

from

LABR ST 1A03 - An Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement

LABR ST 1C03 - Voices of Work, Resistance and Change if not completed in Level I

(See Note 3 above.)

 

15 units

Electives

Admission

Enrolment in this program is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including an average of at least 5.0 in six units of LABRST 1A03  and 1C03  or a grade of at least C in 3 units of LABRST 1A03  or 1C03  (see Note 3 below), and satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject. For continuation in the program, see the section on Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I  in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

Notes

  1. Subject to meeting admission requirements, students may combine two subjects and be graduated with a combined honours B.A. degree. These combinations are available within the Faculty, with programs in the Faculty of Humanities and with the Arts and Science Program.
  2. See Admission to Level II Programs  in Academic Regulations  in this section of the Calendar
  3. Students who have who have completed only 3 units of Level I Labour Studies will be required to complete 3 more units of Level I Labour Studies during their Level II year.
  4. Students may not transfer to another Labour Studies program except by the normal application process.
  5. Students who complete a six unit Research Methods/Statistics course will reduce their elective component by three units.
  6. Students combining Labour Studies with a Humanities subject or with Religious Studies must complete LABRST 4A06 A/B  and SOCSCI 2J03 . Students in other Combined Honours Programs may complete the Honours Seminar requirement as specified by the other Department and replace LABRST 4A06 A/B  with six units Level III Labour Studies courses.
  7. Students who have completed LABR ST 4D03 need not complete LABRST 4C03  or 4E03 .
  8. Students are encouraged to consult the Labour Studies web site at: http://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Labour Studies: Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Inspired by a career studying labour issues and a grandfather who supported his extended family by working a blue-collar job, Professor Emeritus Graham Knight has established the Alice and Walter Day Scholarship.

The scholarship is named in honour of Dr. Knight’s grandparents, who helped raise him as a youth in England. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is entering his or her fourth year in the labour studies program and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

“It’s a small gesture to reward and encourage others,” says Dr. Knight, who was a professor in both the sociology and communications departments and dedicated his 37-year career to studying labour issues. “I had an opportunity to offer maybe not a helping hand, but a helping finger.”

Dr. Knight says he donated the scholarship in the memory of his grandparents because they represented a period of time where there were limited opportunities for people from blue-collar households to advance in society.

“My grandfather was a man who, had the opportunity been presented, would have become a professional. He was a very bright man,” says Dr. Knight, who recognizes he was fortunate to be part of a generation that was presented several opportunities for social mobilization.

Dr. Knight says he hopes the scholarship helps a new generation of students that now face unique economic and social mobility challenges.

In 2009, The Association of Management, administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) in honour of Mr. Tony Dean, M.A. (Labour Studies Class of '80) established an award (value $1,000) to recognize his distinguished thirty-year career in public service in the Province of Ontario. The Tony Dean Scholarship, to be awarded to a Labour Studies student who has completed Level I and an additional 30-75 units of a Labour Studies program and who, in the judgment of the School of Labour Studies, has attained notable academic standing and has demonstrated qualities of leadership at McMaster University or in the community. Preference will normally be given to a student who displays a commitment to social justice. This award is not open to students in their graduating session. A student may receive this award only once. Students who wish to be considered for this award are encouraged to submit their resume to the School of Labour Studies by April 15th each year.

The United Steelworkers of America has graciously made available over 20 new bursaries for Labour Studies students (please see below for a full listing). Students can apply for these bursaries at the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship office or by visiting their website:  http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/bursary/macbur.html

In addition to many general University awards, there are particular Labour Studies scholarships named in memory of Larry Sefton provided by the Hamilton Steelworkers Area Council. These are separate awards ($500 each) for full-time and part-time Labour Studies students at any level.

The Melinda Wapshaw Achievement Award, established by her friends and fellow students, is given to the student who has completed Level III with the highest Sessional Average in an Honours programme in Labour Studies

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/

For more information:
Sharon Molnar
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 717
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27723
labourstudies@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including an average of at least 5.0 (C) in six units of LABR ST 1A03 and LABR ST 1C03 or a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in 3 units of LABR ST 1A03 or LABR ST 1C03. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

MinorMinor in Labour Studies

We offer innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate and degree programs in Labour Studies and Work and Society that are widely recognized as among the best in the world. Our students enjoy learning in a cooperative, intellectually exciting environment

In their classes they engage with the many and varied issues that animate our contemporary worlds of work: What are the barriers to gender and racial equality at work? Are our workplaces safe and healthy? What are the reasons for the growth of precarious forms of work? Can we 'green' the economy? What are the solutions to these issues? As they were in decades past, are unions a part of the solutions?

We are a small program. Students get to know their professors. Teaching is very important to us. In the classroom we seek to inform, challenge and learn from our students. Our faculty are at the forefront of research and critical labour issues in Canada and around the world. Our staff is committed to providing excellent and friendly advice and service to our students.

Application for admission must be made through MOSAIC by April 1.

Students working towards a Minor in Labour Studies may take no more than three units of Level IV Labour Studies courses.

Students may not transfer from the Minor in Labour Studies to another Labour Studies program except by the normal application process.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

For more information:
Sharon Molnar
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 717
905-525-9140 ext. 27426
labourstudies@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program in another discipline.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

M.A.Master of Arts in Work & Society

The prime objective of this unique graduate programme is to introduce students to a variety of theoretical approaches and practical policy debates that relate to working in contemporary societies around the world, as well as Canada. Courses focus on a broad range of work activities, from working for wages in primary, industrial and service settings, to the paid and unpaid work that goes on in the home and elsewhere. Regardless of the particular focus, work is to be studied as one component of life experience that includes family life, community relations, gender and race relations, politics and state regulation.

Upon graduation, our students are well-prepared either to take up employment in related fields or to pursue further studies in PhD programmes. We take particular note of the placement of a number of our graduates in public sector professional positions and in the trade union movement.  Graduates have found employment working in a wide range of positions including:

  • trade union researchers/educators
  • mediators
  • teachers and professors
  • managers and administrators
  • human resource specialists
  • policy analysts
  • economic development officers

The program consists of course work plus either a Major Research Paper (MRP) or a Thesis. Students complete either five courses and a Thesis or six courses and an MRP. Courses are chosen from a list of core Work & Society courses as well as from the disciplines such as Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Social Work, History, etc.

Labour Studies Graduate Handbook

  • 2-page Statement of Interest
  • Resume
  • 2 references
  • Current Transcript
  • Writing sample from 4th year course or higher

Core Courses in Work and Society

Core courses will be selected from the following menu:

  • Class, Gender and Race: Theorizing Work, Home and Society
  • Labour Market, the State and Inequality
  • Work, Workers and their Workplaces
  • Work and Democracy in the Global Society
  • Bodies at Work: Politics, Science Law & Occupational Health
  • Methods
  • Selected Topics in Work and Society
  • Independent Study

Each of these courses is interdisciplinary. They represent a coherent programme covering the various areas of the Work and Society field including course and three courses focussing on different levels of social aggregation:

  • the individual and the workplace
  • the state
  • global society

The Selected Topics course gives the MA Programme the flexibility to involve visiting faculty, new faculty, core faculty not resident in Labour Studies, and academics and researchers currently working with trade unions in our programme. The Independent Study course is a way of creating greater flexibility in responding to the diverse interests of our students and faculty.

the School of Graduate Studies Awards and Funding Labour Studies Graduate Handbook MRP Thesis List by Year Graduate FAQ’s Apply Now
For more information:
Sharon Molnar, School of Labour Studies ; Work & Society Graduate Program
KTH-717
905-525-9140 ext. 24692
molnars@mcmaster.ca
Length:
1 year full-time. Up to 5 years allowed for part-time studies.
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent from any discipline
Program Type:
Thesis and Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
February 15th

Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Labour Studies

The PhD in Labour Studies is the newest component of McMaster University’s School of Labour Studies. The only such degree in North America, this program engages closely and critically with the issues of work and labour in contemporary and historical perspective. The program aims to develop a new generation of scholars prepared to contribute to research leadership in the academy, the community, policy arenas and organizations representing working people. As a small interdisciplinary program, students will enjoy strong mentorship from leading scholars in the field and benefit from the strong union and community connections of faculty.

PhD graduates will be ready to undertake academic employment as well as research jobs, senior administrative and leadership positions in a range of public, private and non-profit organizations with a focus on work and social justice, such as labour organizations, policy research institutes and think tanks.

The program, which normally takes four years of full-time study, consists of course work, comprehensive examinations and a Dissertation. Students are required to take four courses, of which Methods and Advanced Labour Studies Theory are required. Additional courses are chosen from a list of core Work & Society courses as well as from the disciplines such as Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Social Work, History, etc.

Students from our own MA in Work and Society will be required to complete three graduate level courses beyond the courses they completed during their MA studies.  If they complete either the theory or methods Ph.D. requirements as part of the MA, they will need to complete 3 other courses to fulfill the Ph.D. requirements.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum A- average grade from an accredited university.
  • Three letters of reference, normally at least two of which are from former university professors.
  • A statement of research interests, along with a resume or CV
  • For international applicants, an official statement of English language test results equivalent to McMaster’s acceptance levels of the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Applications are due February 1st, 2017

TAs will be provided for all full-time students accepted into the PhD.  We would encourage students in their fourth year of study to serve as TAs in the new Foundations course being proposed in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Scholarship funding will be provided to all full-time students accepted into the PhD of at least the university minimum provided to students in other McMaster Social Sciences doctoral programs.

 

Students will be encouraged to apply for all available scholarship opportunities. Where possible and appropriate they will also be hired as research assistants on faculty research grants.


http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/category/scholarships/

Graduate courses offered by the School of Labour Studies include:

  • Class, Gender and Race: Theorizing Work, Home and Society
  • Labour Market, the State and Inequality
  • Work, Workers and their Workplaces
  • Work and Democracy in the Global Society
  • Bodies at Work: Politics, Science Law & Occupational Health
  • Advanced Labour Studies Theory
  • Methods
  • Selected Topics in Work and Society
  • Independent Study
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For more information:
Sharon Molnar, School of Labour Studies Graduate Admissions Assistant
KTH-717
905-525-9140 ext. 24692
molnars@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 Years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree
Program Type:
Thesis and Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
February 15th

U.Cert.The Labour Studies Joint Certificate with the Hamilton & Brantford District Labour Councils

The McMaster School of Labour Studies offered its first certificate courses in 1976. We currently offer a Certificate in Labour Studies as well as two joint certificates in partnership with the Brantford and Hamilton and District Labour Councils.

The McMaster Labour Studies Certificate Program offers working people an opportunity to better understand and act upon the complex problems they face in their day to day lives. Courses examine the lives and experiences of working people, the changing nature of work, the impact of government policies, and the role of the labour movement in the social, economic and political development of modern society. Students are given an opportunity to examine, in a friendly environment, issues of concern to them as workers. Specialized courses in research skills, library resources and the internet provide students with the tools they need to make lifelong learning a reality.

Certificate classes are organized to reflect the basic principles of adult education. Classes are small and structured to build on the knowledge workers accumulate during their day to day struggles. Experienced instructors work closely with students to ensure a positive and comfortable learning environment. Course offerings are designed to make access easier for workers constrained by shift work, overtime and family obligations. Most courses are 12 hours in total and are offered either in the evening or on weekends. 

The Labour Councils have a say in the courses needed to qualify for a certificate, which courses are offered, and which instructors are used. During its first twenty years, the Certificate has helped hundreds of workers access the educational resources of McMaster. Many of our graduates have gone on to play important roles in the local labour movement and have filled executive positions in both local unions and on the Hamilton and District Labour Council.

 

Students must complete 12 courses, including the following 4 required courses:

  • History of the Canadian Labour Movement, Parts I & II
  • Addressing the Challenges Facing the Labour Movement, Parts I & II

Remaining courses can be selected from a list of electives.

Courses are offered from September to May. There is no deadline by which participants must complete the certificate.

Upon completion of the Labour Studies Certificate, students are eligible to receive 6 units of undergraduate credit in first-year Labour Studies courses which may be used towards the completion of a McMaster Labour Studies degree.

Information about course fees, registration, and scholarships for qualifying participants can be obtained from your local union or from the School of Labour Studies.

 

  • Challenges Facing the Labour Movement
  • Women, Work and Unionism
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Unions and the Law
  • Labour and Contemporary Politics
  • Current Labour Issues
  • Labour in the New Economy
  • Women and Politics
  • History of the Labour Movement
  • The Green Economy
  • International Labour Solidarity
  • Internet Skills for Labour Activists
  • Labour and Media
Download the Brochure
For more information:
Madisson Lambert, School of Labour Studies
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 717
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24015
lambem5@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
N/A
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Part-time
Typical Entry:
As Scheduled

U.Cert.Unifor-McMaster Labour Studies Certificate

Unifor-McMaster Labour Studies courses are designed specifically for Unifor members. Education has an important role in building a knowledgeable membership and workplace leadership. The Unifor-McMaster program is designed on a learning approach that is built upon a commitment to participants that translates into respect for prior experience, skill and activism

The certificate program is an in-depth credit program designed to be completed at your own pace.  Classes are held at in your community at various times during the day, evening or weekend, allowing the maximum number of workers to take advantage.  Courses are designed by experts in the field to give you knowledge and practical information you need to succeed and understand the working world of today.  Courses are set to serve individuals who want to pursue learning and career goals in a flexible setting.  

Whether you are looking for career advancement, job change, working towards a degree or interested in learning for self-development and enrichment, we can help.

The partnership between Unifor and McMaster University has allowed us to offer courses designed specifically for you, with your interests in mind. We look forward to continuing this innovative program and developing new courses in the near future. Its continued success will depend critically on your participation this term and in the  future. Courses have been scheduled for all locations. 


Students in the Unifor-McMaster program are required to complete 36 units to be eligible to graduate. Depending on the course, unit values range from 1 unit to 8 unit courses. Course descriptions and unit value can be found in the calendar. Courses are delivered by a combination of in-class instruction, video conferencing, online modules, and CD-Rom.

  • The CAW and the Canadian Labour Movement: A History (4 units)
  • Current Challenges to the Labour Movement (4 units)
  • Introduction to Workplace Issues (4 units)
  • Globalization and Democracy (4 units)
  • The Modern Labour Movement (4 units)
  • Making Work: Factors Shaping Today’s Workplace (4 units)
  • Wal-Mart: Driving a New Brand of Capitalism (4 units)
  • Government, Labour Regulation and the Workplace (4 units)
  • Solutions to Global Warming (4 units)
  • Labour and Media (4 units)
  • Labour in Film (4 units)
  • Labour in Documentary Film (4 units)
  • Film and Ideology (4 units)
  • Photo Essay Project: Social Justice through Photographs (4 units)
  • Labour History as Told Through Music (4 units)
  • Art, Labour Activism and Change (4 units)
  • Introduction to Economics course (online) (6 units)
  • Introduction to Politics (online) (6 units)
Download the Brochure
For more information:
Anthony Tambureno
Hamilton (McMaster University: Local 5555)
647-927-6825
tambur@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
N/A
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Part-time
Typical Entry:
As Scheduled
Current Deadline:
As Scheduled