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Graduate Courses in Employment and Labor Relations

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    ELR 526 – Case Studies in Labor-Management

    Study of labor-management relationships in a variety of organizational settings by using case studies.

    ELR 581 – Special Topics in Employment and Labor Relations

    According to student demand, a special graduate course on selected topics.

    ELR 610 – Employee Rights Under Law

    Provides a review of the major legislative rights and benefits available to employees under law in terms of their impact on labor and management in the employment relationship. The main focus will be the analysis and application of state and federal employment laws.

    ELR 612 – Labor Relations Practice and Administration

    Practice and administration of labor relations, focusing on the operation and internal relationships of the individuals involved and applying labor relations skills.

    ELR 613 – Fundamentals of American Labor Relations

    Introduction to terms, theories, and practice of industrial and labor relations in the United States.

    ELR 615 – Dispute Settlement

    Review of the theories underlying and legislation supporting labor arbitration, emphasizing development of advocacy skills through simulations of actual disputes.

    ELR 618 – Seminar: Current Issues in Employment and Labor Relations

    Detailed examination of current professional issues in the field.

    ELR 619 – Research Methods in Employment and Labor Relations

    Provides the advanced knowledge needed to understand the process of research development, effectively evaluate research studies, interpret common statistical information, use the statistical package for social sciences, and develop and execute a research project.

    ELR 621 – Employment and Labor Relations in the Public Sector

    Developments in federal, state, and local labor relations, including presidential orders and federal agencies, survey of the states, Pennsylvania Acts 111 (Police & Firefighter Collective Bargaining) and 195 (Public Employee Relations), effects of public sector fact-finding, and arbitration.

    ELR 622 – Discrimination in Employment

    Investigation of employment discrimination in the United States with special attention to the roles of government, industry, and labor and the impact of federal intervention since 1960.

    ELR 623 – Structure and Government of Unions

    The union examined as an institution, with focus on its organizational structure, administration, relationships with the employer, members, and state and national affiliates. Particular unions will be chosen for case study.

    ELR 624 – Comparative Labor Relations

    International dimensions of labor relations are explored by examining the labor-management relations in a foreign country or region.

    ELR 625 – Processes of Collective Bargaining

    Survey of current laws, principles, and procedures in use in modern collective bargaining and evolving trends.

    ELR 631 – Human Resources Management in the Public Sector

    Provides an in-depth analysis of human resource management with a special examination of public sector organizations. Emphasizes the job functions and issues facing the human resource professional and organizations. Topics include the current environment in human resources, the acquisition and preparation of human resources, the assessment and development of Human Resource Management, the strategies involved in compensation administration, and collective bargaining and labor relations issues in the public sector.

    ELR 632 – Compensation

    Study of the field of compensation management and benefits administration in the public and private sectors. Special emphasis on the input of collective bargaining in the development and administration of compensation and benefit systems and the necessary skills to function as a professional in the field.

    ELR 640 – Negotiations

    A course on negotiations theory and practice which applies negotiations strategies from a variety of fields in hands-on simulations of collective bargaining in labor relations.

    ELR 641 – Contract Administration

    Analysis of the practices and responsibilities of labor and management in the mutual performance of a collective bargaining agreement with primary attention given to the process of grievance resolution.

    ELR 651 – Conflict Resolution

    Provides students with an in-depth analysis of conflict resolution in many settings, primarily in the employment relationships. The student will be exposed to the current environment surrounding conflict resolution; the legal, ethical, and emotional issues that are common in disputes; and the format by which employment disputes are resolved.

    ELR 642 – Concerted Activity

    Examines the various strategies and tactics available to the parties in confrontational situations. Emphasizes the statutory limitations set forth in the Labor Management Relations Act relating to topics such as picketing, consumer appeals, and boycotts.

    ELR 650 – Alternative Work Styles

    Review of efforts to increase worker participation in certain levels of managerial decision making in private and public production or service enterprise, through shares in ownership, seats on boards, quality circles, and other participative structures. Results are considered from the point of view of productivity, worker satisfaction, and social utility.

    ELR 681 – Special Topics in Employment and Labor Relations

    According to student demand, special graduate courses on selected topics.

    ELR 698 – Internship

    Field experience in industrial and labor relations. An internship log and term paper are required.

    ELR 699 – Independent Study

    Students select one or more topics of critical importance in employment and labor relations and meet with faculty member for independent reading, analysis, and evaluation. Prerequisites are the approval of department chairperson, college dean, and provost.

    ELR 795 – (Previously ELR 850) Thesis

    For students writing the thesis, ELR 795 should be scheduled for the semester in which they plan to complete their work. The thesis is a committee thesis (one to six semester hours).