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NBS8661: Sustainable HRM Work and Employment

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tracy Scurry, Dr Emily Yarrow
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 999 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of Sustainable Human Resource Management (HRM) principles and practices, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to effectively integrate sustainability into HRM strategies within organizations. By the end of this module, students should be able to critically analyse the role of HRM in fostering sustainability and contribute to sustainable HRM initiatives in various organizational contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Introduction to Sustainable HRM, Work and Employment
  • Sustainable HRM: key concepts, theories, and models
  • Sustainable HRM practices -recruitment, selection, development, and retention
  • Green HRM
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility in HRM
  • Engaging employees in Sustainable HRM
  • Sustainable HRM in the Global Context
  • Sustainable Careers

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Lecture 10 1:00 10:00


Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Workshops 3 2:00 6:00 n/a
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Schedules online contact time 2 1:00 2:00 Assessment support
Structured Guided Learning Structured research and reading activities 1 20:00 20:00 n/a
Guided Independent Study Independent study 1 62:00 62:00 n/a
Total 100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines lectures with student-led workshops and drop-in surgeries. The lectures introduce students to key concepts, theoretical and policy frameworks, and debates. Student-led workshops are designed to provide students with structured tasks and readings which form the basis for extended debate and critique. This will also provide the opportunity for group discussion and activities. Drop-in surgeries provide opportunities for assessment guidance and feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
ComponentLength/minsSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Written examination 1 120 2 A 100 n/a
Formative Assessments
ComponentSemesterWhen SetComment
Case study 1 2 M Formative assessment will take place within the workshop sessions of the module, and will include how to answer essay style questions. A range of case studies related to the module materials will be discussed and debated, assisting with the final exam.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for a written examination is to facilitate testing students’ knowledge of core sustainable HRM concepts, as well as their ability to critically analyse the role of HRM in fostering sustainability.