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NBS8385 : Thinking Differently about Global Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Vincent
  • Lecturer: Dr Clare Butler
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module focuses on ways in which we think about employment and global HRM. This is important because how we think about any topic fundamentally frames how we "make a difference" as practitioners. The key purpose of the module is to provide students with different ways of thinking about HRM so students can develop the skills and knowledge needed to support the development of more humane workplaces.

The topic introduced will look at contemporary issues employment and global HRM and how our thinking about these issues shapes our understanding of the challenges they pose to HRM practitioners. Topics will include the changing structure of employers and global organisation of production; labour markets as "special" institutions; the employment of migrant workers; bodies at work; minds at work; and, the professionalisation of HRM.

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. Thinking differently about global organisational structures
2. Thinking differently about labour market institutions
3. Thinking differently about migration, work, and employment
4. Thinking differently about bodies at work: aesthetic and emotional labour
5. Thinking differently about minds at work
6. Thinking differently about the professionalisation of the HR function

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Present in person lectures: one per topic
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 and examples will be introduced during the lectures and 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

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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