With the approval of the Graduate Co-ordinator, students may be allowed to take a maximum of two reading or research courses:
- IRE 1090H - A reading course or individual research in an approved field.
- IRE 2090H - A reading course or individual research in an approved field.
Setting up and getting approval for a reading/research course can take extra time so be sure to check the Important Dates page and plan accordingly. Below are some guidelines to help you through the process.
Step 1: Choosing the Topic
Reading courses are not intended to substitute for existing courses in the program. Reading courses are most useful for exploring specific interests or enabling more in-depth research of a topic previously introduced in another course.
Occasionally you will find a graduate course in another department that may not be directly related to labour relations or human resources. If there is a compelling reason for you to take the course, and you feel the course fits with your overall program goals, then it may be considered for degree credit by establishing a reading/research course. With the instructor’s approval, you may be able to provide the appropriate industrial relations content through a research report. In this case, it may be possible to enroll in a reading or research course that provides you with the flexibility to design a specialized course that offers you the appropriate content for an industrial relations student.
Step 2: Finding a Supervisor
Contact a faculty member to act as a supervisor. The list of CIRHR faculty and their research activities will help you to identify a possible supervisor.
Only faculty members holding a graduate appointment at the Centre can direct a reading/research course. If you have a question with respect to a potential supervisor, contact Carol Canzano-Hamala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 3: Preparing a Course Outline
A reading course should involve as much reading and written work as a normal seminar or other type of graduate course. The frequency of meeting of supervisor and student should also be consistent with other courses. Written work should be a requirement for the course.
- The course should address issues that are scholarly and the academic work should be sufficiently rigorous to be consistent with the expectations of a graduate-level course.
Both the student and the instructor should be on campus, although the student may carry out research off-campus if it is required. Special permission must be obtained for off-campus research .
Together with your supervisor, complete the Request for Individual Reading and/or Research Course form (PDF file), and attach a course outline. A Sample Course Outline is provided to assist you.
Step 4: Obtaining Approvals
Once you and your supervisor have signed the form, it should be forwarded for approval to the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies at the CIRHR.
Research involving the use of surveys, questionnaires or interviews, will also require approval from an Ethics Review Committee. This process can sometimes be very lengthy.