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Policy Issues on Work and Pay Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Graduate Student Services, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Policy Issues on Work and Pay PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Policy Issues in Work and Pay certificate provides an understanding of, and the ability to evaluate and develop, federal, state, and local policies that affect the employment relationship. Students learn about the role of government in the employment relationship, including statutes, and how employers, unions, and the government interpret and utilize policies. Core courses are drawn from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as well as the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies in the Carlson School of Management, with auxiliary courses in law, history, sociology, and applied economics. The certificate consists of at least 15 credits. Students complete 10 elective credits that allow them to focus on the area of public policy that is most relevant to their professional and educational goals and needs. Some elective courses require prerequisites, which do not count toward the certificate.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Mathematics courses at least through algebra; a one-semester course in microeconomics.
Special Application Requirements:
A complete application will include a Graduate School application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, and a diversity statement.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Courses (5 credits)
Public Policies on Work and Pay
PA 5431 - Public Policies on Work and Pay (3.0 cr)
or HRIR 5655 - Public Policies on Work and Pay (3.0 cr)
Social Safety Nets/Social Insurance Programs
Only PA 5022: Economics of Social Insurance Programs (3 cr) counts toward this requirement.
HRIR 5654 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
or PA 5022 - Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II (1.5-3.0 cr)
Elective Courses (minimum of 10 credits)
Other courses may be allowed with DGS approval.
Take 3 - 5 course(s) totaling 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HRIR 5222 - Managing Diversity (2.0 cr)
· HRIR 5252 - Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional (2.0 cr)
· HRIR 6701 - Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (4.0 cr)
· PA 5401 - Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 8386 - Research Methods in Public Policy (2.0 cr)
· APEC 5511 - Labor Economics (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6203 - Labor Law (2.0 cr)
· LAW 6625 - Disability in the Workplace (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6631 - Employment Discrimination (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6632 - Employment Law (3.0 cr)
· LAW 6833 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (2.0-3.0 cr)
· SOC 8421 - Work and Occupations (3.0 cr)
 
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PA 5431 - Public Policies on Work and Pay
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01861
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policies affecting employment, hours of work, and institutions in labor markets. Public programs impacting wages, unemployment, training, collective bargaining, job security, and workplace governance. Policy implications of the changing nature of work. prereq: [[PA 5031 or equiv], grad student] or instr consent
HRIR 5655 - Public Policies on Work and Pay
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01861
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of public policies regarding employment, unions, labor markets. Public programs affecting wages, unemployment, training, worker mobility, security, quality of work life. Policy implications of changing nature of work. prereq: HRIR MA student must register A-F, ECON 1101, [CSOM or HRD junior or senior or dept consent]
PA 5022 - Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II
Credits: 1.5 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of economic reasoning to a wide range of contemporary public policy issues. The following topically-focused courses also fulfill the MPP economics requirement: PA 5431: Public Policies on Work and Pay, PA 5503: Economics of Development, PA 5521: Development Planning and Policy Analysis, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
HRIR 5222 - Managing Diversity
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How to manage diverse workforce. Human resource practices examined with respect to diversity. How to incorporate diversity into decision making to enhance organizational performance. prereq: HRIR MA student must register A-F, 3021, [CSOM or HRD junior or senior or dept consent]
HRIR 5252 - Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of statutes/case law to work settings. Civil rights/equal opportunity. Discrimination/harassment. Compensation/benefits. Employee protection/privacy. Labor relations. Emphasizes application/ability to recognize legal aspects of HRIR issues. prereq: HRIR MA student must register A-F, 3021, [CSOM or HRD junior or senior or dept consent]
HRIR 6701 - Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evolution of U.S. labor unions/public policy, bargaining environment/structure, goals/negotiations, contract administration/results. International comparisons, labor-management cooperation, newly emerging issues. prereq: HRIR MA student or dept consent
PA 5401 - Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature/extent of poverty/inequality in the United States, causes/consequences, impact of government programs/policies. Extent/causes of poverty/inequality in other developed/developing countries. prereq: Grad or instr consent
PA 8386 - Research Methods in Public Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Social science research methods to analyze and develop public policies. Nature of the research process in analyzing public policies. Qualities of policy analysis and other types of research. Major data sources available to examine public policy issues in the U.S. and abroad. Statistical approaches to examining public policies. prereq: A semester statistics class focusing on advanced applied topics in regression analysis (e.g. PA 5033, Multivariate Techniques).
APEC 5511 - Labor Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theoretical foundations of labor markets. Intertemporal/household labor supply. Demand for labor, efficiency wages. Human capital theory, unemployment, migration decisions. Analysis of econometric research applied to labor policy issues such as minimum wage, tax policy, social insurance, education. prereq: [[3001 or Econ 3101 or PA 5021], [PA 5032 or equiv]] or instr consent
LAW 6203 - Labor Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on the system of federal law regulating labor-management relations. The course examines the law and strategy of labor organizing, collective bargaining, and economic action in labor disputes as well as of contract enforcement. The course also considers emerging trends of labor law reform and the intersection with other bodies of law, including employment and international human rights law. The course further analyzes how a fundamental tension between collective rights and individual rights has shaped the evolution of doctrine as well as policy debates in labor law. The course includes simulations and experiential projects related to union elections, negotiations, and grievance arbitration.
LAW 6625 - Disability in the Workplace
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This class explores legal issues relating to physical and mental disabilities in the contexts of employment, governmental services, public accommodations, and education. The principal regulatory focus is on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Legal issues under that statute include determining who is disabled, proving discrimination, and the concepts of reasonable accommodation and undue hardship. Other statutes covered include the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This course has no written paper requirement, but will have a final examination. There is no prerequisite for taking this course.
LAW 6631 - Employment Discrimination
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Employment Discrimination. This course considers the principal statutory and constitutional prohibitions on employment discrimination. It focuses most prominently on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The course considers the basic frameworks for proving discrimination under Title VII and the jurisprudence defining Title VII’s protected classes. The course also investigates newer Title VII fields, such as the law of sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Using Title VII as a basis for comparison, the course then examines the constitutional law of employment discrimination, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and various state and local statutes addressing emerging issues in employment discrimination law, such as employment discrimination based on weight or attractiveness.
LAW 6632 - Employment Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course explores the rapidly expanding body of law governing the workplace. The Employment Law course goes beyond the traditional employment fields of Labor Law (union/management relations) and Employment Discrimination to focus on a number of recurring workplace issues. Topics include medical and drug screening, workplace privacy, the emerging exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine, wage and hour regulation, and occupational safety and health.
LAW 6833 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Alternative forms of dispute resolution techniques. Validity of critiques of traditional litigation and court-based responses to these problems.
SOC 8421 - Work and Occupations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sociological analysis of work, occupations, and labor markets, including contemporary theory and research. Course emphasis varies with instructor.