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BUS3024 : Critical Perspectives on Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Vincent
  • Lecturer: Dr Martí Lopez Andreu, Dr Ana Lopes
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a basis for critical judgement on the current state of human resource management.

To evaluate key recent changes in the practice of HRM in organisations.

To explore the role of political forces, ideologies and institutional conditions in shaping the practice of HRM.

To identify possible alternative ways of organising HRM.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The problem with HR strategy
2. Employee voice: making the workers' voice heard
3. Identity and diversity
4. Autonomy and control at Work
5. Workplace skills
6. Downsizing and the precariat
7. Technology and HRM
8. The State, regulation, governance, and HRM

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Online non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading63:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Online: synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be one non-synchronous online introduction lecture, 9 present-in-person subject lectures and one non-synchronous online conclusions/summary lecture. There will be approximately 2 hours structured research and reading activity for each present in person lecture. Lectures will be grouped into 5 areas for discussion, with one small group teaching to discuss the assessment. Each of these will have three hours of guided independent study. Further formative feedback will be developed via a discussion board and drop-in session. It is expected that further reading will take approximately 24 hours and that the assessment will take about 22 hours to draft and edit.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Messay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses students' depth of understanding of a the module will be assessed, synoptically, drawing on extensive independent further research and reading.

Reading Lists