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NBS8385 : Key Challenges in Global Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Vincent
  • Lecturer: Dr Clare Butler
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module connects human resource management to key areas of critical social inquiry: the changing structure of employers and global organisation of production, migration, aesthetic and emotional labour, workplace identity and job quality The key purpose of this module is to encourage students to develop an awareness of the social relations, normative codes and organisational structures that inform and affect the behaviour and experience of people during the course of their working lives; and, within this context, to further their knowledge of the role of HRM in developing and maintaining an effective and sustainable working environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus may change from year to year to reflect current research. Topics likely to be include, but are not limited to:

1. HRM and "new" organisational forms
2. The global organisation of production
3. Migration, work and employment
4. Bodies at work: aesthetic and emotional labour
5. Minds at work
6. The Professionalisation of the HR function

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:006x 1hr online lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Present in person lectures: one per topic
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading66:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Present in person: one per topic
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Relevant theory will be introduced during the lectures [online and present in person] and further developed in the classroom through discussion and other activities. Depth of learning will be achieved by directed and supplementary reading. Students will consolidate their knowledge by completing a 2,000 word essay.

Skills development will be achieved through individual and group activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MStudents will be asked to bring an essay plan to a drop-in session for a discussion exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the students in relation to the areas taught and developed in the module.

Reading Lists