The School of Industrial Relations (ÉRI)

The School of Industrial Relations at the Université de Montréal (École de relations industrielles de l'Université de Montréal or ÉRI) is one of the major centres for the study of work and employment in North America. ÉRI brings together specialists in the areas of human resources management, labour relations, labour law, labour economics, public policies on work and employment, occupational health and safety, and comparative employment relations.

The teaching faculty is made up of 24 full-time professors and 20 sessional or part-time adjunct staff who teach specific courses depending on the program and semester. Programs are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels for full-time and part-time students and practitioners.

A 3-year specialist undergraduate program in industrial relations admits on average 225 full-time students per year for a total of 675 students. This BA program covers a wide range of specialist courses in all of the major areas of our field of study and also includes a compulsory 1-term internship in the 3rd year of study. Recent innovations include an enhanced international option for a semester of specialist studies in partner university industrial relations and human resources management programs. Other undergraduate studies in industrial relations at the Université de Montréal include extension program diplomas offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education for 300 part-time students in the industrial relations program and 300 part-time students in the occupational health and safety program.

ÉRI offers a range of graduate programs. These include a 2-year (45-credit) specialist MA program featuring thesis, research project and professional placement streams (100 full-time students and 50 part-time students), 2 (30-credit) advanced graduate diplomas in industrial relations (40 students) and occupational health and safety (80 students), and 6 advanced certificate (15-credit short graduate program) in law and work, management of diversity, strategic HRM, dynamics of labour relations, health and wellness at work, and international perspectives on industrial relations (50 students). All these programs are for part-time or full-time students and they can be combined (e.g. from a short graduate program to a 30-credit diploma or to a MA), drawing on a common core of 30 specialized courses in the major areas of employment and industrial relations (human resource management, labour relations, labour law, labour economics, occupational health and safety, comparative employment relations, etc.).

There is also an active PhD program (25 students) covering a full range of course work, comprehensive exams in specialist fields, a thesis project and a completed doctoral thesis. Students in this program are fully integrated into a number of internationally recognized research programs initiated by ÉRI staff.

The School also organizes an annual International Summer School (advanced studies in labour, HR and employment relations) with intensive courses taught in English over 5 weeks in July and August. These courses are meant for both senior undergraduate and graduate students, with a particular focus on international students coming through exchanges with partner programs. It is possible to take 2 of the 3 courses during the period from mid-July to mid-August in the dynamic urban setting of Montréal.

ÉRI staff pursue a wide range of research interests. There are 2 major research centres as well as a range of other individual research affiliations. The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of institutional, organizational and stakeholder renewal in the areas of work and employment in the global era. Concentrating on themes such as employment relations in multinational firms and global value chains, citizenship at work, labour law reform, trade union renewal and comparative institutional advantages, it organizes a wide range of events and projects with researchers and practitioners. ÉRI has one of the largest concentrations of CRIMT-affiliated scholars (13) and CRIMT connects both its researchers and graduate students with an interuniversity, interdisciplinary and international network of more than 75 leading scholars.

The Research Team on Work and Mental Health (ERTSM), whose major concentration of scholars (7) is in the School of Industrial Relations, conducts research in 2 thematic areas: 1st, the social epidemiology of problems at work related to psychological distress, alcohol abuse, and the use of psychotropic drugs; 2nd, the prevention and methods of intervention for managing workplace mental health problems.

ÉRI seeks to partner with comparable programs for undergraduate and graduate student exchange for coursework (either in French or in English in the international summer school) and internships and professional placements in both English and French.