Postgraduate

NBS8287 : Global Employment Relations

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of employment relations perspectives and debates, both national and global, from a theoretical and behavioural competency perspective. It will enable students to understand, analyse and evaluate competing theories and perspectives associated with managing employment relations strategies and their outcomes on organisational climate, employees and management.

Students are provided with opportunities to critically apply the activities, knowledge and behavioural competencies required for managing employment relations practices in union and non-union, small and large, private, public and indigenous and multinational organisations in a host of different national settings. Students will also be able to assess the impact of contextual changes on employment relations practices and organisational performance from a managerial perspective, and gain insights into the creation and implementation of effective employment relations procedures and policies. Students are required to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, and given opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

1 Introduction to the study of comparative employment relations
2 Theories and perspectives of employment relations
3 European models of employee involvement, participation and engagement
4 Communication, consultation and negotiation
5 Employment relations in international companies
6 Strategic global employment relations
7 Global Labour Standards
8 Global Labour market participation and regulation

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:0018 hours of non-synchronous lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:009 hours of structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module encourages students to critically analyse the theory and practice of employee relations, with particular emphasis on the skills both managers and HR practitioners are required to demonstrate in effecting change in organisations. Teaching focuses on the key elements of the CIPD syllabus with an emphasis on both international and comparative aspects of employee relations and teaching is highly inter-active with emphasis placed on relevant case study material.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M30Group report (2000 words)
Essay2M702500 word essay focussing on theory and perspectives of ER.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2Mbring an essay plan to class, discuss in groups and receive feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students form self-selected groups and give a 15 minute presentation on a current International Employee Relations issue with 5 minutes for questions. The group assignment gives students the opportunity to work as part of a group in tackling a current employee relations issue in depth. The coursework essay enables the theory and perspectives elements of the syllabus to be assessed individually.

Reading Lists

Timetable