NBS8717 : European and International Employee Relations (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1.To develop an enhanced and critical understanding of some of the role and contribution of employee relations in organizations today and address ethical, corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues associated with these factors whilst doing so.

2.To provide a critical understanding of the approaches and concepts which underpin the differing theoretical and practical perspectives employed for understanding how to lead and enhance the employment relationship and the implications of using employee engagement practices as key to adopting high performance work practices.

3.To develop an awareness of your own and other stakeholders contributions to the employment relationship.

Outline Of Syllabus

A critical understanding of employee relations as a field of study. The key elements include the theoretical underpinnings of employee relations and the role of different actors and agencies in the employment relationship. The will include a focus on the State and the regulation of employee relations.

How employee representation is managed. There is a particular focus on managing with trade unions and how their role has changed. This will include considering unionised and non-unionised workplaces and different strategies and styles of employee representation.

The processes of employee relations at the heart of the employment relationship, focusing on the nature, structure and decline of collective bargaining, functions and forms of industrial action, the legal framework and conciliation and arbitration.

Promoting employee voice. In particular, management and union perceptions of employee involvement and participation. It will provide a critical understanding of employee engagement practices as key to adopting high performance work practices.

The role and influence of the European Union on UK employee relations. This will focus on the development of the EU social dimension, the legislation and Directives adopted and the impact these have had on the employment relationship and work.

Each area for study will consider the theoretical and practical perspectives on the issue considered, focusing on implications for those responsible for leading and enhancing employee relations in the workplace, and the emphasis of units and areas of study will be tailored to take account of current issues and emerging trends in organisations and employee relations. Issues of ethical and sustainable approaches to employee relations relevant to the areas studied will be addressed through the module. Employability skills of analysis and evaluation, negotiation, influence, self-management and problem solving will also be addressed as part of the module’s studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops66:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered through a workshop that will explore principles, practices, concepts and theories and will provide you with information to develop an understanding of leading and enhancing employee relations challenges in an organizational setting. The workshop will provide you with opportunities to develop skills of debate and analysis through discussion with academics and practitioners, case studies and videos, to practise skills in group exercises and role-plays, and undertake self-assessment using established instruments and will aid your development of skills of evaluation with respect to issues concerning the employment relationship in organizations, including ethical concerns. Oral and informal feedback will be given as part of workshop. Directed study will be linked to workshop and supported through distance learning to encourage you to develop critical understanding of practice, research and theory in the areas addressed, as well as its implications for your own practice and employee relations in organizational settings more generally. Assessment is through individual coursework focusing on the application of module principles to your own practice.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100Individual assignment of 4000 words analysing individual practice with respect to leading and enhancing employee relations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Individual coursework focusing on the application of module principles to your own practice. Coursework is the appropriate way to apply evidence-based arguments and knowledge to problems in the employment relationship. It also helps students to thoroughly apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to address employee relations issues.

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