WHDM 304: Disability, Work & the Law (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to examine the legal underpinnings of disability management established in international treaties, national, federal and provincial law and regulation. Workplace practices that are commonly governed by statutes and regulations in most jurisdictions and the issues and rationale underlying the legislation will be analyzed. Common provisions developed in response to workplace issues and the legislative requirements that underpin the source or cause of the workplace disability, the legal boundaries within which employers and unions are required to operate, and the requirements on the employee will be compared. Students will examine the specific employment and workplace legislation in their own jurisdictions, the regulations through which the legislation is implemented, and how these affect organizational practices. Processes related to identifying, measuring and mitigating risks to health and safety will be explored.

WHDM 104: The Mind at Work (3 credits)

This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the interaction between psychological, cognitive and emotional processes and work activities and demands. It provides an insight into the dynamic interaction between an individual and work using a biopsychosocial perspective on mental functioning. It distinguishes between the brain and the mind and explores the meaning of work in our lives. Basic and complex cognitive processes are explored including perception, attention, memory, knowledge, language, problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making. Organizational factors and strategies that lead to good mental health functioning are introduced. It addresses strategies and coping skills that support resilience in the face of stress and the workplace factors that contribute to or inhibit the development of an employee’s healthy personal growth. It examines characteristics of psychologically healthy workplaces and programs to promote the mental well being of workers.