Graduate Course Descriptions

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

LBS 5215 - Women in the Workplace (3) This course examines changing role of women in the U.S. and the 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) This course examines major issues and themes in American collective bargaining. Other topics to examine include the origins of collective bargaining, labor law, unionization, contract negotiation patterns in contract content, the impact of external laws, public sector unions, grievance arbitration, and interest arbitration. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

LBS 5464 - Labor Arbitration (3) This course examines labor dispute resolution with an emphasis on grievances, fact-finding, and arbitration.

LBS 5465 - Mediation Techniques(3) This course examines the theories and models of mediation. This course also prepares 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 students to examine the role of mediation in resolving civil, commercial, family, public, and workshop disputes and to incorporate mediation principles and skills into current research in mediation.

LBS 5466 - Family Mediation (3) This course examines the fundamentals of a successful process of mediation for families. 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 the 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) This course examines 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) This course examines the dynamics of conflict management and helps students to develop strategies to resolve conflict in various settings.

LBS 5507 - Labor and Employment Law (3) This course examines the legal issues and rules regarding the unionization of employees, the collective bargaining process, the relationship between the employee and his/her union, and the administration of collective bargaining agreements. It also 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) This course examines the relationships between unions and economic development strategies in developing/recently developed countries with an 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, the course may be repeated. May include fieldwork. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

LBS 5931 - Topics in the Philosophy and Methods of Conflict Research (3) This course examines 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 5488 - Organization Conflict and Dispute Resolution Systems (3) This course examines the causes, consequences, and costs of organizational conflict and the dispute design systems organizations use to resolve conflict. Organizations are always developing and changing to adapt to 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) This course examines specialized and intensive areas of interest to students. Students plan and carry out independent study and projects under the direction of a faculty member. Topics must relate to the 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 an organization according to students' needs and interests. Reports and papers required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.