Labour Studies (2018)

Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary subject concerned with the world of work and employment, and the social and economic context in which they take place. The subject draws on a number of disciplines in order to provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues. Papers cover a wide range of relevant topics such as the nature of work, industrial relations, labour market issues, workers' education and training, and international comparisons.

Labour Studies is available as a minor. To complete a minor in Labour Studies students must complete LABST100, LABST201, LABST300 and LABST301.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Labour Studies in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LABST100Work, Employment and Society18A (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on the interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond.
    SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
    SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies. The paper will include presentations by guest speakers who are active in implementing social policies in our community.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LABST201Employment Relations in New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the employment relations legislation and its impact on employers, unions and workers. Other issues considered include occupational health and safety, industrial training and practice of employment relations
    PHILO218Ethics at Work18T (Online)
    This is an applied ethics paper focussing on the professions, research and business. It examines contemporary issues relevant to a wide range of occupations graduates might enter.
    SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
  • 300 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    LBST301Globalisation and International Development18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the impact of globalisation on labour across both developed and developing countries. Assignments focus on the application of comparative methods.
    LBST331Education, Skill and Employment18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis.
    LBST389Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton), 18T (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Labour Studies.
    LBST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton), 18T (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the Programme Convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Labour Studies.
    PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
    SOCP302Social Policy18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan...
    SOCY301Contemporary Social Theory: A Praxis Approach18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    An analysis of some of the major contemporary issues in sociological theory.
    WGST303Gender, State and Public Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to feminist political theory concerned with issues of state, policy, equality/equity, social justice, rights and representation.
  • 400 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL420Employment Law18B (Hamilton)
    This course is a practical survey of employment law in New Zealand. It examines the formation, operation, and termination of the employment relationship as well as personal grievances, remedies and the employment insitutions.
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(LabSt) and GradDip(LabSt)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Labour Studies at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Certificate must include either LBST201 or LBST202, and either LBST301 or LBST331. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include LBST201, LBST202, LBST301 and LBST331.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
    This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
    MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
    POPS509Research Methods for Population Analysis18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with hands-on experience conducting population research, working with real world data to analyse to investigate population issues. Students will gain a sound understanding of how to access, analyse and interpret data and how to communicate their findings, skills directly applicable to a range of policy,...
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Labour Studies, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level papers or in their undergraduate major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM), Labour Studies, or another subject considered appropriate by the Programme Convenor. Students should also have included LBST201 and either LBST301 or LBST331 in their undergraduate degree.

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Labour Studies, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including SOCY502, SOCY505, two of LBST531, LBST532 or LBST541, and at least 30 points in research (normally LBST591, although students may take LBST541 and LBST542 instead). Students can focus on Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, or Labour, Employment and Society. Further information about this is available from the Programme Convenor.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Labour Studies, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BSocSc with a major in Labour Studies or Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in their 300 level papers, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Labour Studies or Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Labour Studies vary depending on admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including two of LBST531, LBST532 or LBST541, one of SOCY502 or SOCY505, one of SSRP503 or SSRP504 and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average to be admitted to LBST592 or LBST593, and at least an A- average to be admitted to LBST954.

    Within the PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc in Labour Studies a specialisation in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Convenor of IR&HRM.

    Students should consult the Programme Convenor before finalising their graduate programme.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HIST516Historical Theories and MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    LBST531Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework18A (Hamilton)
    Students will be expected to analyse and to discuss the Employment Relations Act in its social and economic context and also to focus on specific issues such as good faith bargaining.
    LBST532Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices18B (Hamilton)
    The paper is concerned with a number of topics of contemporary relevance to New Zealand employment relations, and in particular issues of labour market flexibility, employment equity, employee participation, employee health and safety and workplace privacy.
    LBST538Special Topic in Labour Studies 1This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    LBST539Special Topic in Labour Studies 2This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    LBST541Labour, Education and Training 1: Issues and Policies18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores issues related to the restructuring of tertiary education in New Zealand. Students will gain a thorough understanding of current issues in adult education and training and become familiar with a wide range of contemporary policy documents.
    LBST542Labour, Education and Training 2: Applied Research ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    LBST589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    LBST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    LBST591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    LBST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    LBST593Labour Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    LBST594Labour Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SOCY502Society, Economy and State18A (Hamilton)
    This half paper brings Sociological theory and Social Policy practice together in a paper that is grounded in a praxis approach. Students will be expected to think critically and deeply about the nature and dynamic of structures and regulatory frameworks of contemporary capitalism, and to think actively about how social change occu...
    SOCY505Globalisation and Social Movements18B (Hamilton)
    Within the context of an analysis of the neoliberal policy framework and global capitalism; this half paper focuses on the merging social movements of the 21st century. Initial focus will be placed on the anti-globalisation movement, but in the context of a range of related movements especially the labour movement, new peasant move...
    SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
    SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
    This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LBST800Labour Studies MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LBST900Labour Studies PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 10 November 2017 1:31pm

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