Employment Relations in Globalised Economies

Course code GSBS6006
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

The processes of Globalization have assisted in changing the nature of employment practices. Key concepts in employment relations are introduced and analysed using a select core of countries' practices.Comparative analysis includes both the 'macro' level of national systems (including labour legislation, employee and employer representation, and bargaining structures) and the 'micro' level of the enterprise/workplace. Selected source countries will vary from year to year, but will originate from the following list USA, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, China, Thailand, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia.

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 1 - 2015
  • Trimester 3 - 2015

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 3 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Define and review the essential concepts in employment relations.

2. Critically evaluate various theories and frameworks of employment relations for their fundamental assumptions, intellectual rigour, and practical value.

3. Recognise and compare employment relations laws and national institutional structures across a number of countries.

4. Locate and access these laws and institutions in their economic, political, cultural and historical context.

5. Analyse the impact of national employment relations laws and institutions on managerial practices and employee representations at the enterprise/workplace level.

6. Indicate and define the role of key international agencies and institutions and their effects upon national employment relations systems.

Content

The course will focus on key concepts in employment relations and their institutional manifestations in selected countries. Topics will include:

  1. Defining and studying "employment relations" (ER).
  2. Critical topics in the study of employment relations.
  3. Employment relations in selected countries, including the history and contemporary nature of labour laws, patterns of employee and employer representation, and bargaining structures at national level and their impact on employment relations at the enterprise level.
  4. International agencies/institutions and their impacts on national employment relations systems.
  5. The effects of globalisation on employment relations.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): GSBS6250. Students who have successfully completed GSBS6250 are not eligible to enrol in GSBS6006.

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercise 1

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercise 2

Formal Examination: Final examination (closed book)

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term