IRL  421 - Comparative IR Systems II

Cliff Donn

Le Moyne College

Office RH-228, Phone Ext. 4339

Fall 2004




ASSIGNMENTS: Each student must write two papers, each of which will count 30% of the total grade for those who do not take the mid-term exam and 20% for those who do. The first paper should analyze some aspect of the industrial relations system within a single country on the course outline. The second paper should compare some aspect of the industrial relations system in two different countries, one of which must be a country which is on the reading list but is not covered in class. The same country must not be treated twice in your two papers. That is, your two papers must deal with three separate countries. Each paper must specify a formal framework of analysis on which the analysis will be based. The models and theories covered in the first part of the course are recommended for this purpose but others may also be used. You may not use the same framework of analysis for both of your papers. Thus, if you use Kerr, Dunlop, Harbison, and Myers for the first paper, you may not use it for the second.


TOPICS: Each student must submit an outline for each paper approximately two weeks before the paper is due. The paper will not be accepted unless the topic and outline have been approved. Topics other than the assigned ones may be selected but only with the prior approval of the instructor. The outline must specify the exact topic of the paper including the countries to be discussed, the precise aspects of their industrial-relations systems which will be analyzed, the framework of analysis which will be used in the paper, and a list of sources. The list of sources must specify precisely what type of information each specific source will provide. IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE AN ACCEPTABLE OUTLINE UNLESS THE RESEARCH FOR THE PAPER HAS BEEN COMPLETED BEFORE THE OUTLINE AND SOURCES ARE SUBMITTED.

STYLE: Papers must be typed, double-spaced, with 1 1/2 inch margins on the left-hand side and bottom. Seven-to-nine pages (including citations) is the prescribed length. Papers MUST have citations. Quotations require citations but so do facts which are not common knowledge and ideas which are not your own. Thus, if you paraphrase an article instead of quoting it, you must still cite. Citations MUST indicate the relevant page numbers. When citing an article in a book, please cite the author and title of the article as well as the editor and title of the book. Citations may be placed in the text, at the bottom of the page, or at the end of the paper. Please DO NOT include a bibliography that contains items you have not cited. However, you must provide complete bibliographic information for the items you cite.  A complete and detailed description of the citation style to be used in this class is available on the course home page.  Please read that description carefully since you will be responsible for complying with it.

SUBMISSION: All papers must be submitted as a hard copy and on a disk in Microsoft Word format.  That disk MUST be scanned for viruses.  All papers will be submitted to the “Turn-it-in” program as a check against plagiarism.

EVALUATION: Papers are evaluated on their use of sources, style, coverage of the topic, and their use of logic and creativity.






First paper outline

September 13

First paper

September 29

Second paper outline

November 10

Second paper

November 22