An MLER student will be sure to meet all the SMLR objectives by taking required courses, which together, encompass the seven areas of learning established as important for our students:
- Introductory Seminar (I, IV)
- Research Methods (II, III)
- Workforce Diversity choice among courses (V)
- Collective Bargaining (VI, VII)
SMLR learning objectives have been established for each MLER course. By taking additional courses to round out their program of study, MLER student will have additional opportunities to excel in important areas of learning.
MLER Has the Same Three Core Areas for Success as SMLR
- Cognitive Skills and Processes
- Knowledge of Theory, Practice, and Application
- Professional Development
The MLER Program also has the same seven goals that are nested under these overarching areas of success. The specific subgoals listed here are those which are appropriate for the MLER program. They are the sub-set of the specific sub-goals for SMLR as a whole.
Cognitive Skills and Processes
The goals here involve skills students need for lifelong learning, participation in society, and success in the workplace.
I) Written & Oral Communication – Communicate effectively at a level and in modes appropriate to an entry level professional.
- Communicate complex ideas effectively, in standard written English
- Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights
- Make an argument using contemporary and/or historical evidence either orally or in writing
II) Quantitative, Qualitative, and Analytical Skills – Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for analyzing employment relations or workplace issues.
- Analyze employment relations or workplace issues using appropriate methods: qualitative, quantitative or a combination of the two
- Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information
III) Research Skills – Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyze and synthesize information to make logical and informed decisions. Use evidence to evaluate hypotheses, theories and approaches to employment relations or workplace issues.
- Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings
- Evaluate the quality and relevance of evidence and research findings
- Use evidence-based analysis to appraise the validity of various hypotheses, theories, and approaches to workplace issues
Knowledge of Theory, Practice and Application
The goals here involve the key theoretical and foundation areas of study in the employment relations field and the ability to apply that knowledge.
IV) Theoretical Perspectives - Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and apply them given the background context of a particular work situation.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various perspectives, theories and concepts in Employment Relations
- Evaluate and apply theories from multiple science disciplines to employment relations or workplace issues
V) Understanding Context - Evaluate the context of workplace issues, public policies, and management decisions.
- Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experience of, and perspectives on work
- Analyze issues related to business strategies, organizational structures, and work systems
- Analyze issues of social justice related to work both in local and global contexts
VI) Application – Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply knowledge necessary for effective work performance.
- Apply concepts and substantive institutional knowledge, to understanding contemporary developments related to work
- Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical issues related to Employment Relations
VII) Professional Development – Demonstrate an ability to interact with and influence others in a professional manner, and to effectively present ideas and recommendations.
- Develop effective presentation skills appropriate for different settings and audiences
- Develop career management skills to navigate one’s career
- Understand cultural differences and how to work in a multicultural environment
- Work productively in teams, in social networks, and on an individual basis
- Demonstrate lifelong personal & professional development skills
SMLR Learning Categories
Writing in Employment Relations
Problem Solving Tools
Theories of LER
Strategic Corporate Research
Group Process and Teams
American Workers & Politics
The Inclusive Workplace
Self-Development for Prof Success
Enforcing Worker Rights
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Benefits and Social Insurance
Public Sector Employment Issues
Immigration & Public Policy
Econ & Public Policy in Global Context
Employment Relations in Sports
Globalization & Corp Restructuring
Women & Global Labor Movements
Financial Analysis & Corp Governance
Women and Work
Org Leadership & Change Management
Creating/Sustaining a Learning Org
Identity & Discrimination
Globalization & Work
Organizational Design & Structure
Trends & Problems – Nonunion
Seminar in Workplace Democratization
Organizing for Social Change
Seminar in Intl/Comparative
New Directions in Collective Bargaining
Public Sector Collective Bargaining
Work and Social Change
Interest Dispute Settlement
Grievance Processes & Arbitration
Structure & Government U.S. Unions