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BUS3024 : Critical Perspectives on Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Vincent
  • Lecturer: Dr David Lain, 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.       Identity and diversity in the workplace
2.       Health and well-being in work
3.       The State and HRM
4.       Downsizing and the precariat
5.       Work and motivation
6.       Employee voice: making the workers'voice heard
7. Workplace skills
8. Age management and older workers

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:00Drop in for formative feedback
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key themes, concepts and relevant research will be introduced in lecture series. Case studies in seminars will illustrate key themes and concepts.

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 particular topic within the field of study, drawing on extensive independent further research and reading.

Reading Lists