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