Undergraduate Course Descriptions

LBS 3001 - Labor and Globalization (3) This global learning course examines the challenges and struggles of working people in the United States within a local, regional, national and international context. Students will explore the conditions of low-wage jobs, the role of labor unions, and the impact of immigration and globalization on labor markets both in the U.S. and abroad.

LBS 3468 - Introduction to Mediation (3) This course provides an introduction to the principles and process of mediation. Among the topics covered are active and reflective listening skills, reframing, gender, power, and ethics in mediation.

LBS 3470 - Labor Contract Administration (3) Use of grievance procedure to administer a collective bargaining agreement. Identification, research, presentation and writing of grievance cases. Technical and legal role of union steward.

LBS 3480 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3) This is an introductory course that examines the nature and elements of conflict and conflict resolution skills to management in everyday life. You will draw on your own experiences and case studies to learn the principles of conflict and the techniques for productive conflict management. Both theory and application will be stressed, with an emphasis on their interrelation.

LBS 3482 - Methods of Conflict Resolution (3) This course provides students with an introduction of the major methods of conflict resolution and their specific advantages with an emphasis on collaborative conflict-solving approach. The main focus of the course is on the specific techniques that reinforce this approach such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The course is designed to provide students with the practical skills and insights that can be applied in the real world and enhanced through other courses offered in the Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

LBS 3943 - Internship in Labor Studies (1-3) Practical training and experience in various aspects of labor organization policies, practices, and procedures through placement with a local labor organization. Reports and papers required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 3949 - Cooperative Education in Labor Studies (1-3) One or two semesters of part or full-time work related to the major. Written reports and supervisor evaluations required. Prerequisite: Permission of Labor Studies Program.

LBS 4101 - Theories of the Labor Movement (3) This course deals with theories which have attempted to explain the origins, developments, and functioning of the labor movement.

LBS 4150 - Contemporary Labor Issues (3) Studies of contemporary labor issues selected from such areas as collective bargaining, arbitration, mediation, legislation, regulative and administrative law, employment discrimination, and union grievances.

LBS 4154 - Workers and Diversity (3) This global learning course examines the impact of workers’ identities and scope of diversity in the workplace from a local, regional, and global, perspective through the multiple lenses: ableism, ageism and adultism, classism heterosexism, and transgender and religious oppression. Students will examine the theoretical debates surrounding the workforce participation of: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups (LGBT), older workers, people with disability, women and ethnic and racial minorities and the historical position of these groups in the workforce. Through an analysis of management and equity theories, students will explore social phenomena that contribute to the continuation of discriminatory practices and ways employers and employees can respond to such issues.

LBS 4210 - Women And Work (3) This global learning course is an examination of issues and events that shaped working women’s varied participation in the workforce, both in the U.S. and internationally. Using gendered readings of American labor history, personal narratives, and global case studies of women’s self-organization, students will analyze how gender intersects with other social constructs like class and colonial relations, to culturally determine the labor market stratification of women’s work locally, nationally, and globally. By developing students’ capacity to contextualize specific workplace problems, within larger international gender-related trends in ideologies, industries, and initiatives taken by labor/ women’s/ resistance movements , this course seeks to increase students’ awareness of their shared personal and social responsibility to foster gender equality in both the workplace and the household.

LBS 4260 - Union Leadership and Administration (3) Administration of labor organizations; labor policies and practices; legal requirements and financial administration of unions. Prerequisite: LBS 3001.

LBS 4401 - Labor Contract Negotiations (3) A comprehensive study of collective bargaining with emphasis upon the private sector. Included will be negotiations and scope of contracts, day-to-day contract administration, and major bargaining issues.

LBS 4461 - Labor Dispute Resolution (3) Theory and practice of dispute resolution in industry arbitration processes, grievances, mediation, fact-finding, and conciliation. Arbitration of industrial claims and disputes, commercial arbitration. Prerequisite: LBS 3001.

LBS 4483 - Organizational Conflict (3) An exploration of issues of organizational dynamics centered on change and change-resistance generated conflicts.

LBS 4484 - Applying Conflict Resolution Techniques (3) This course provides students the opportunity to practice a comprehensive set of conflict resolution skills and techniques across variety of settings, from personal relationships to the workplace. Students will draw on a range of conflict resolution approaches, theories, principles and techniques to effectively management conflict.

LBS 4487 - Conflict Theories (3) This course will emphasize the social, political, or material inequality of a social group, with a critique of the broad socio-political system, or that otherwise detract from structural functionalism and ideological conservatism. We will pay close attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies. This course is therefore a macro level analysis of society. A few conflict theories will be delved into; certain conflict theories set out to highlight the ideological aspects inherent in traditional thought. While many of these perspectives hold parallels. Conflict theory does not refer to a unified school of thought, and should not be confused with, for instance, peace and conflict studies, or any other specific theory of social conflict.

LBS 4501 - Labor Law (3) The objective of this course is to familiarize students with and a working knowledge of federal labor laws regulating private sector employees’ collective rights and responsibilities, primarily through the mechanisms of unions and collective bargaining. Students will also learn about Florida State laws applicable to public sector workers at the state, county, and municipal levels. These laws largely parallel federal regulations with certain significant differences. The course will address the right of workers to engage in “concerted activities,” primarily through unions, and the statutory framework for collective bargaining, from initial organizing to established bargaining relationships. It will also address the relationship between labor unions and the employees they represent, both members and non-members.

LBS 4610 - Cross Cultural Dimensions of Latin American Labor Relations (3) This global learning course examines the challenges and struggles of working people in Latin America within a local, national and regional context. Students will examine the interactions between cultural identities, the state, unions, and business that structure labor relations and influence working conditions. The course will emphasize the power and cultural dynamics that shape the role of labor unions, business organization, informality, and mediate the impact of immigration and globalization on labor markets and labor relations in Latin America.

LBS 4653 - Labor Movements in Developing Countries (3) The role that unions play in developing or recently developed countries; the relationship between economic development strategies and union structure/strategy; role of unions in representing popular social sectors; special emphasis on Latin American and Asian labor movements.

LBS 4654 - Comparative and International Labor Studies (3) This global learning course examines alternative approaches to labor relations, employment systems, and working-class activism in selected economic powers of the world, highlighting specific trends in various regions of the world: Strong Engine Capitalism ( e.g. Germany, Japan), North American Free-Market Capitalism (e.g. United States), Emerging 'Asian Tiger' Economies (e.g. China, India), South American 'Development' (e.g. Brazil, Bolivia), Post-Colonial Africa (e.g. Cameroun, Zimbabwe), and Post-Capitalist Transitional Economies (e.g. Eastern Europe)The course will emphasize the different ways in which workers are organized, the relative success workers and unions have achieved in their respective nations, the different roles played by the state, and the reasons why particular union strategies and national models of employment relations develop.

LBS 4900 - Directed Study in Labor Studies (3) Supervised reading and/or field research and training.

LBS 4905/4930 - Topics in Labor Studies (1-3) Selected topics or themes in Labor Studies. The themes will vary from semester to semester. With a change in content, course may be repeated.

LBS 4949 - Cooperative Education in Labor Studies (1-3) One or two semesters of part or full-time work related to the major. Written reports and supervisor evaluations required. Prerequisite: Permission of Labor Studies Program.