Core Courses

Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR)


PMIR Students are required to take seven (7) core courses and four (4) electives. 

Core Courses

MIR 810 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

The purpose of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the institutions of unionism and collective bargaining, their rationale, policies and programs, and their effects on workers, organizations, and the society. The course will be taught in a comparative U.S./Canadian context with an emphasis on workplace change.


MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I

This course addresses the fundamentals of the law governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship; rights of the employee and employer at common law, and their modification by minimum standards statutes and human rights legislation; the development of contemporary collective bargaining legislation; the certification process; unfair labour practices and the duty to bargain.


MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II

This course addresses the fundamentals of the collective agreement and its administration through arbitration. The arbitration and adjudication process will also be studied, including such topics as powers of arbitrators and adjudicators and evidentiary issues. Students will have an opportunity to perform in mock arbitrations and adjudications.


MIR 830 - Human Resources Management

This course will familiarize students with the basic responsibilities of the human resources function in organizations. The course covers topics such as strategic planning, job analysis, recruitment, selection, training and development, career planning, performance appraisal, compensation and international HRM. Students will learn about the various tools and techniques available to human resource professionals (such as environmental scanning, delphi methods and transition probability matrices, performance appraisal instruments, selection techniques, job evaluation methods, and some of the various applications of needs analysis) through the use of lectures, case analyses, student presentations, and the text book with supplemental readings.


MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

This course examines contemporary labour market behaviour and processes and considers some of the emerging labour market issues and policies that are relevant to the study of industrial relations. The approach is to relate theory and empirical research from labour economics to industrial relations and institutional analyses. A selection of major topics that are typically covered include: the demand and supply for labour; human capital investments; contracts and compensation; unions and their impacts; and labour market discrimination and related public policy; and NAFTA related implications.


MIR 850 - Organizational Theory and Design

This course applied theories and methods from the behavioral sciences to the analysis of organizations.  Students are introduced to classical and modern theories of organization and their underlying assumptions of human nature, the relationship between organizations and their environment, and the role of power, politics and culture in decision-making.  Topics covered include job attitudes and job satisfaction, motivation, group formation, leadership and power, and organization design and culture.  Solutions/approaches to problems in organizations are covered at both the micro and macro levels.


MIR 897 - Analytical Methods in Industrial Relations

This course introduces students to research methods and tools used in the study of industrial relations.  The course includes selected topics related to the application of labour economics, human resources management, organizational behaviour, and labour law approaches to the analysis of industrial relations.  Specific topics and emphasis vary according to the instructor.

Meet our Students

Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Turner

Masters of Industrial Relations FT

Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) Candidate 2017 at Queen's University

I am a bilingual Master of Industrial Relations candidate who is specifically interested in recruitment and talent acquisition. I believe that an organization's most valuable asset is its human capital. This value is realized when effective testing and selection methods are utilized in the recruitment process. My human capital approach to human resource management is aimed at acquiring new talents who are not only exceptional candidates but also are the most suited individuals to an organization. This results in both high employee retention and a boost in organizational productivity. Further, human capital management is reactive to the modern business complexity's trends, gaps and changes. Therefore, as a human resource professional I will act as an organization's sensor in order to allow the organization to continue to progress without interruption.

My capacity in talent acquisition and recruitment lies in my ability to super-connect. Super connectors are individuals who build close relationships with diverse people very quickly. As a super connector I can match people with opportunities and, in doing so, leave my connections with a positive opinion of myself and my own abilities. Moreover, I always strive to stay '​in the know'​. This way I know what each of my connections is capable of, who is in their network, and what my connections need or are looking for. This allows me to instantaneously connect people based on needs and abilities, while increasing their own value.



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