Course Descriptions

CORE Courses

IND REL 701 Industrial and Labor Relations
3 cr. Graduate.
Industrial relations systems, unions and management as institutions, work place as a socio-economic unit, labor market analysis, human resource management and collective bargaining.
IND REL 711 Labor Relations Law
3 cr. Graduate.
Legal aspects of labor relations; operations of National Labor Relations Board, representation issues, use of economic weapons, good faith bargaining, enforcement, Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
IND REL 712 Employment Law
3 cr. Graduate.
Introduction to federal laws and regulations covering such topics as wage standards, unemployment compensation, osha, alien employment, social security, employee safety and prohibited discrimination.
IND REL 720 Economics of Personnel
3 cr. Graduate.
Use of various economic models to examine personnel practices.
IND REL 731 Research Tools for Practitioners in Human Resources and Labor Relations
3 cr. Graduate.
Planning and carrying out simple surveys; evaluating policies, programs, and procedures in organizations; interpreting, evaluating and using research conducted by others.
ECON 753 Collective Bargaining
3 cr. Graduate.
Economic and behavioral theories of collective bargaining, bargaining structure, impasses and truces, union effects, management goals, terms of the agreement and national policy.
BUSMGMT 706 Managing in a Dynamic Environment
3 cr. Graduate.
Provides frameworks and techniques for managing people and improving organizations. Topics include group dynamics, leadership, performance management, structure, innovation, power, change, and corporate cultures.
BUSMGMT 731 Research Tools for Practitioners in Human Resources and Labor Relations
3 cr. Graduate.
Planning and carrying out simple surveys; evaluating policies, programs, and procedures in organizations; interpreting, evaluating and using research conducted by others.
BUS ADM 735 Staffing Organizations
3 cr. Graduate.
Broad overview of staffing practices and related research; topics include staffing strategy, legal compliance, job analysis, external recruitment and selection, staffing systems management, and retention.
BUS ADM 738 Human Resource Management
3 cr. Graduate.
Strategies for attracting, retaining and developing a diverse and international workforce. Topics include employment law, diversity, staffing, training, performance management, compensation and current issues.

Elective Courses

College of Letters & Science

IND REL 711 Labor Relations Law
3 cr. Graduate.
Legal aspects of labor relations; operations of National Labor Relations Board, representation issues, use of economic weapons, good faith bargaining, enforcement, Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
IND REL 712 Employment Law
3 cr. Graduate.
Introduction to federal laws and regulations covering such topics as wage standards, unemployment compensation, osha, alien employment, social security, employee safety and prohibited discrimination.
IND REL 715 Workplace Dispute Resolution
3 cr. Graduate.
Examination of the processes for dispute resolution; their usefulness and application in both union and non-union settings.
IND REL 716 Compensation: Theory and Practice
3 cr. Graduate.
Examination of pay policies and practices, their impact on employees, internal and external determinants, and problems of administration.
IND REL 717 Employee Benefits
3 cr. Graduate.
Examination of role and scope of employee benefits, their determinants, and problems of administration.
IND REL 720 Economics of Personnel
3 cr. Graduate.
Use of various economic models to examine personnel practices.
ECON 415 Economics of Employment and Labor Relations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Analysis of wage setting, labor markets, human capital and collective bargaining. Study of labor standards, regulation and the role of unions and government.
ECON 448 Economics of Human Resources
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The economics of education, training, discrimination, and workplace incentives. Study of hiring, promotion, and job search.
ECON 753 Collective Bargaining
3 cr. Graduate.
Economic and behavioral theories of collective bargaining, bargaining structure, impasses and truces, union effects, management goals, terms of the agreement and national policy.
ECON 755 Comparative Labor Markets and Employment Relations
3 cr. Graduate.
Labor market institutions, practices and performance. The U.S. is compared with western europe, japan and elsewhere.
COMMUN 665 Introduction to Mediation
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Course focuses on learning about the mediation process, related theories, and its application in a variety of contexts. Students receive twenty hours of mediation training.
COMMUN 865 Theory and Practice of Mediation
3 cr. Graduate.
Course extends learning about mediator communication competence by exploring professional, ethical and theoretical issues in third party intervention. Students receive advanced mediation training and field experience.
POL SCI 452 Administrative Law
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An examination of due process, privacy, and other constitutional and legal issues as they arise in the regulatory, investigatory, and enforcement activities of administrative agencies.
POL SCI 769 Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs
3 cr. Graduate.
Examination of methods, including cost-benefit analysis and decision analysis, that aid policy makers and administrators in understanding and assessing public and nonprofit sector policies and programs.
SOCIOL 443 Organizations, Occupations, and Professions
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Development of occupations and professions in industrial societies. Study of professional concepts, ethical codes, work norms, specialization, recruitment, education, and work roles in an organizational context.

Lubar School of Business

BUS ADM 441 Diversity in Organizations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Conceptual and experiential understanding of cultural values and practices among diverse groups in organizations. Addresses institutional and personal discrimination, stereotyping and prejudice.
BUS ADM 442 Industrial Psychology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Application of psychological principles to industrial problems.
BUS ADM 733 Organizational Development
3 cr. Graduate.
Problems of implementing change. Roles of external and internal consultants. Determining needs and measuring relevant variables.
BUS ADM 737 Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
3 cr. Graduate.
Provides frameworks for making effective decisions and negotiating viable solutions. Improves performance in these key managerial roles by engaging in case study, exercises, and industry projects.
BUSMGMT 709 Predictive Analytics for Managers
3 cr. Graduate.
Developing statistical thinking through basic concepts for data analysis. Models for analysis of business environment, software tools, interpretation and communication of results for management applications.
BUSMGMT 712 Strategic Management
3 cr. Graduate.
Integrative course focused on strategic thinking and decision making at the general management level. Implementing business planning and strategy in a field-based interdisciplinary action project.
BUSMGMT 715 Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management
3 cr. Graduate.
Provides a working knowledge of team building, managing change, and effective business communication methods, and an understanding of leadership tools.
BUSMGMT 723 Managing and Negotiating Across Cultures
3 cr. Graduate.
Role of culture in international management, including organization, strategy, human resource management, leadership, teams, business ethics, and negotiations.
BUSMGMT 728 Training and Development in Organizations
3 cr. Graduate.
Development and evaluation of training and career development programs in organizations. Skills-based approach to understanding needs assessments, learning principles, training development and evaluation.

Alternative Electives

AD LDSP 710 Organizational Change and Team Leadership
3 cr. Graduate.
Organizational change and team leadership is designed to introduce theories and concepts in organizational change and the interpersonal dynamics of working with and leading teams.
AD LDSP 757 Principles and Foundations of Adult Education
3 cr. Graduate.
A study of concepts, theories and principles of adult education, the nature of adult processes, and factors that influence and facilitate adult learning.
AD LDSP 812 Educational Personnel Administration and Supervision
3 cr. Graduate.
Focus on major concepts, functions and problems of personnel administration in education including recruitment, assignment, evaluation and motivation.