Module Catalogue 2016/17

BUS3021 : International Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Flynn
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

BUS2010 for N200/LN12 Students
BUS2025 for NN52 Students

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1) to provide students with a broad critical understanding of the variety of responses being made by employers, management, trade unions and the state in different national settings.

2) to provide an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth knowledge of developments and issues in a particular regional or national setting.

3) to equip students with frameworks which will enable them to engage in comparative analysis of HR/employment relations systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction, varieties of capitalism and business systems
2.       Welfare states and caring regimes
3.       Varieties of industrial relations and training systems
4.       The Americas (North and South)
5.       China, Japan and Tiger economies
6.       Europe and European Social Model
7.       Institutional systems in emerging economies

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of contemporary trends in HR and employment relations in a comparative context and in relation to forces of globalisation and technological development.

Knowledge of national and regional responses and patterns of HR and employment relations, especially Asia-Pacific, Western European and 'developing' nations and regions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Critical analysis of trends, patterns, variations and their causation in key HR and employment relations variables e.g. management style, unionisation, strikes and industrial conflict, work organisation etc.

Capacity to use basic concepts and theories (e.g. industrial relations systems and other tools of comparative analysis) to critically analyse contemporary trends in HR and employment relations.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Governance Awareness : Assessed
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed
    • Legal Awareness : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures provide basic information which is then used to work through country specific case studies
- Principles will be illustrated and developed by case-study-based seminars.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M1002,000 word case study.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment involves a 3,000 word case study that will provide the students with the opportunity to critically analyse issues related to the subject matter.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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