Graduate Course Descriptions

LBS 5155 - Workplace Diversity (3) Students examine theoretical debates surrounding workforce participation of women and minorities; historical position of these groups in labor force; social phenomena that contribute to discriminatory practices and development of policies to eliminate discriminatory practices.

LBS 5215 - Women in the Workplace (3) Students explore women's changing role in the U.S. and global economy. Special attention is given to the role of race, class, and ethnicity within the context of gender and work.

LBS 5406 - Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (3) A comprehensive study of major issues and themes in American collective bargaining. Includes origins of collective bargaining, labor law, unionization, contract negotiations patterns in contract content, impact of external laws, public sector unions, grievance arbitration and interest arbitration. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5464 - Labor Arbitration (3) Study of labor dispute resolution with emphasis on grievances, fact-finding, and arbitration.

LBS 5465 - Mediation Techniques(3) This course will prepare students to analyze, compare and apply premises, theories, and models of mediation. It will also prepare students to compare and select the most productive process to mediate in a variety of conflict and client situations, and to help parties produce fair and lasting agreements. This preparation will enable student to examine the role of mediation in resolving civil, commercial, family, public and workshop disputes and to incorporate mediation principles and skills to current research in mediation.

LBS 5466 - Family Mediation (3) Students will examine the fundamentals of a successful process of mediation for family. Students will learn the basic principles of mediation (confidential and voluntary process, encouraging the parties' self-determination); the basic skills to facilitate communication (reflective listening, summarizing, issue framing); and basic negotiation skills for solving individual needs while preserving their relationship. As a main learning outcome, students will analyze the dynamics of family conflict, learn to identify needs and interests, and offer a respectful process in which the parties themselves can make choices to determine the group's future life.

LBS 5467 - Civil Mediation (3) A comprehensive understanding of the field of civil mediation as well as the development of the practical skills to be a civil mediator. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5485 - Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution (3) The course examines the dynamics of everyday conflicts across a variety of settings, from personal relationships to the workplace. The overall purpose of the course is for you to enhance and strengthen your skills when managing conflict. You will draw on your own experiences and case studies to learn the principles of conflict and the techniques for productive management. Both theory and application will be stressed, with an emphasis on their interrelation.

LBS 5486 - Dynamics of Conflict Management (3) Investigate conflict and violence, and help students to develop strategies to defuse them in the classroom.

LBS 5507 - Labor and Employment Law (3) Familiarizes the student with the legal issues and rules regarding unionization of employees, the collective bargaining process, the relationship between the employee and his/her union, and the administration of collective bargaining agreements. Examines the legal framework within which collective bargaining occurs and also familiarizes students with additional issues of rights in employment. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5658 - Labor Movements and Economic Development (3) Relationships between unions and economic development strategies in developing/recently developed countries; emphasis on social movement unionism and unions in Latin America and Asia. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5930 - Topics in Labor Studies (1-3) Selected topics or themes in Labor Studies. Themes will vary from semester to semester. With a change in content, course may be repeated. May include field work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

LBS 5931 - Topics in the Philosophy and Methods of Conflict Research (3) Provides an examination of the philosophy, methods, and research in the field of conflict resolution. The particular content and orientation of the course may vary according to the particular focus examined. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5990 - Organization Conflict and Dispute Resolution Systems (3) This course examines the causes, consequences, and cost of organizational conflict and the dispute design systems organizations use to resolve conflict. Organizations are always developing and changing to adapt new practices, policies, and environmental and social conditions. Students will explore the discord of interests, needs, and values at interpersonal, intergroup, and organizational levels; they will also explore how attitudes, behaviors, expectations, cultural norms, and organizational culture shape organizational conflict and resolution. Students will develop strategies for balancing.

LBS 6906 - Directed Individual Study (3) Specialized intensive study in areas of interest to student. Student plans and carries out independent study project under the direction of faculty member. Topics must relate to content of Labor Studies or ADR. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 6945 - Internship Labor Studies / Alternative Dispute Resolutions (3) Practical training and experience in organization according to students needs and interests. Reports and papers required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.