International & Comparative Employment Relations

Course code GSBS6250Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

This course introduces key concepts in employment relations and comparative method. It traces the historical evolution and current regulation of employment relations in selected countries. It compares these national experiences and explores international issues associated with globalisation (such as international labour standards and multinational corporations). Analysis occurs at both the 'macro' (i.e. national systems) and 'micro' (i.e. workplace) levels. The countries analysed will differ from year to year, but will normally include at least four from the following: USA, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, China, Germany, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Botswana.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2004
ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in comparative employment relations.
2. Identify and evaluate laws, institutional structures and managerial practices, both historical and contemporary, on employment relations across a number of countries.
3. Apply comparative method to the analysis of national systems and managerial practices of employment relations.
ContentThe course will focus on key concepts in employment relations and their institutional and managerial manifestations in a number of countries. More specifically, the themes examined include relations between management, employee representatives (including unions) and the state at both national and workplace levels. The countries will change from year to year, but they will normally include at least four from:
1. USA
2. Australia
3. Japan
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Malaysia
6. China
7. Botswana
8. Germany
9. Sweden
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term