Online Classes in Labor Relations
The following descriptions are for some commonly offered online labor relations classes.
- Labor and Employment Relations Introduction Course: This course covers how the labor market and human resource issues are impacted by factors such as race, gender and class. The viewpoints of the employer, the employee and employee group representatives will be discussed.
- Labor Relations Movement Development Course: This course covers a historical and philosophical overview of the labor relations movement and the social, economic and political impact it's had in America. Students will also look at the activities and structure of labor unions and other employee representative type organizations.
- Current Issues and Labor Relations Course: This course looks at current political, social and economic issues that are impacting the labor relations movement. Effective strategies to deal with these contemporary issues will also be discussed.
- Law and Labor Relations Course: The legal guidelines that currently govern labor relations in America will be covered in this course. Students learn how current guidelines were developed by examining federal and state laws, statutes and relevant court cases.
- Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace Course:How people resolve work-related grievances will be covered in this course. Students learn about grievance procedures and and how to solve them as well as looking at union and non-union workplaces.
- Leadership Within Unions Course: This course will teach students about the role of being a union leader. Responsibilities will be discussed in addition to what it's like to make important decisions, how to communicate properly and other important attributes of a well-respected union leader.
- Advanced Collective Bargaining Course: In this course, students will focus on what goes into contract negotiations. Contract language will be emphasized in addition to how to resolve contract disputes to benefit workers and employers alike.
Online labor relations classes are available through certificate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. These classes may also be offered in a standalone format. Some of these programs focus specifically on global labor studies or labor and employee relations, while others focus on human resources and offer labor relations as a specialization or area of focus. Career options for graduates of these programs include labor relations manager or specialist, mediator, arbitrator and human resources manager.
Students can take online labor relations as one-off options, or through certificate programs and bachelor's or master's degree programs. Course topics include employment relations, law and labor relations and collective bargaining.