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McMaster University-Labour Studies Certificate Program

Winter 2021 Online Course Schedule

About Our Program

The McMaster Labour Studies Certificate Program explores the issues facing workers in their workplaces, organizations and communities. It supports workers developing the tools to understand and intervene in their world, in a worker-friendly environment. Courses use the principles of adult education, which centers and respects workers’ prior experience, knowledge and activism.

When are Courses Offered? 

From September to May. Courses are 12 hours in length and are scheduled on weekends at McMaster University. Please note: courses are currently being held online.

Our Instructors

Our instructors are recruited from a range of backgrounds including academics, activists, and professional practitioners. All are recognized leaders in their field and are experienced adult educators.

Course Fees

$160 per course (includes all classroom materials) payable through online banking with a student number. Some scholarships are available to qualifying participants. Please contact the Labour Studies office for info.


Winter 2021 Courses

Working During the Pandemic: Are We Making Progress?

February 2, 9, 16, 23

6:30-9:30pm EST

Current Issues in Labour Law for Workers

March 2, 9, 23, 30

6:30-9:30pm EST

Labour Studies Theory

April 6, 13, 20, 27

6:30-9:30pm EST

How Can We Build the Labour Movement?

May 4, 11, 18, 25

6:30-9:30pm EST

Our Courses

We offer courses that span a wide range of subject areas and topics. We will also design and deliver courses geared to your local union members' interests.

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Challenges Facing the Labour  Movement
  • Steward Training
  • Building Leadership Skills
  • Women, Work and Unionism
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Unions and the Law
  • Arbitration
  • Labour and Contemporary Politics
  • Issues in Health and Safety
  • Current Labour Issues
  • Labour in the New Economy
  • History of the Labour Movement
  • The Green Economy
  • International Labour Solidarity

How to Obtain the Certificate

Students must complete 12 courses including the following 4 required courses to qualify for the Labour Studies Certificate:

  • History of the Canadian Labour Movement, Parts I & II
  • Challenges Facing the Labour   Movement, Parts I & II

Upon completion of the Labour Studies Certificate, students are eligible to  receive 6 units of undergraduate credit in first-year Labour Studies courses which may be used toward completion of a McMaster Labour Studies degree.

Contact Us:

For more info, to be added to our email update list, or to enroll in courses, contact Krysta Blanche at, 905.525.9140 Ext. 24015, or Program Coordinator Anthony Tambureno, 647.927.6825,

What our Students Say:

"The courses at McMaster Labour Studies have given me the  opportunity to mesh my current  union knowledge with a broader base of understanding of the labour movement. As a local leader in my own union, the content has dovetailed beautifully, enhancing my knowledge, leadership skills and understanding in an affordable way-joining like minded learners and leaders to move our fight forward and respect where we came from." - Amy Korzack, President  Halton DECE Designated Early Childhood Educators (ETFO)