The Firm and Organization stream examines various aspects of the modern corporation, both its internal organization and its relationship with organizations in the national and international society in which corporations operate.
Courses offered in this stream will focus on the manner in which work and workers are organized within and without the corporation, and on the circumstances under which the relation between owners, managers and workers are more or less adversarial. There is a particular focus on how the organization of the corporation is affected by and, in turn, affects gender disparities in society. Issues of corporate governance and regulation also form part of the focus of this stream.
This stream would be a good choice for those students who aim to work in the corporate world, though it should be stressed that none of the stream's courses are aimed to equip students with concrete skills of the corporate workplace.
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This course is for students in the Business and Society program. It investigates the intersection of business practices and systemic bias against marginalized groups - in particular visible minorities and women in Canada and the developed world.
→ 3.0 credits chosen from:
This course examines the relationship between unions and democracy in Canada. After placing that relationship in comparative and historical perspective, it examines unions' internal structures, their effectiveness in advancing members' interests, and their capacity to contribute to further democratic advances.
In this course, work will be viewed as a social problem. Topics include the meaning of work, the theory of alienation, evolving patterns of industrialization and labour relations, occupationalcultures, the deskilling of work and solutions to alienated labour.
The focus of this course is on occupational systems, careers and the professions. The topics of occupational socialization, identity and subcultures, role relationships in work groups, the process of professionalization, relationships to clients, and the significance of organizational contexts will be explored.
LL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/ECON 3750 3.0, AS/ECON 3200 3.0, GL/ECON 3370 3.0.]
Studies the non-strategic and strategic behaviour of firms and industrial organizations under different markets structures, with emphasis on imperfectly competitive markets. Topics include pricing and non- pricing strategies, vertical and horizontal restraints, entry deterrence, advertising, investment, and innovation.
[Course credit exclusion: AS/WMST 3510 6.0, AK/SOSC 3380 6.0] [3.0 credits will count towards the stream; balance 3.0 as electives.]
This course explores the conditions of women's work, paid and unpaid. The historical development of a sexual division of labour and the roles played by the family, employers, trade unions and government policy in the gendering of jobs is examined.
Uses feminist principles and pedagogy to examine gender issues relevant to managing career and life, including for example pay equity, harassment, stereotyping, power and assertiveness, diversity, mentoring, self-care and balance, with the goal of understanding issues and effecting change.
AK/ADMS 2600 3.0 or AK/ADMS 3480 3.0 (prior to Summer 2001). Course credit exclusion: AK/ADMS 3450 3.0.]
Provides basic understanding of diversity and inclusion practices in organizations and in the Canadian workforce. Issues of inequality and discrimination are examined through theoretical lenses that inform the practice of diversity management. The value of diversity and inclusion, and means of accommodation are
Introduces students to gender gaps and discrimination, especially in connection with labour markets, policy towards gender equality, and features of family economics such as issues of power within the family. Examines some empirical evidence, but in a non-technical way.
The course analyzes equity issues at the workplace. The purpose of the course is to investigate the types of discrimination operating at work and to assess the efficacy of public policy and workplace programs to promote equality in employment.
For the Honours program: 6.0 credits chosen from:
This course examines intersections between business and the law. Particular attention is paid to the nature of the firm and corporate governance, governance structures in a comparative context, and recent and controversial issues regarding the relationship between business and the law.