Introduction to Industrial Relations

Course code IRHR2010Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The effective management of complex employment relationships is a critical function in contemporary organisations. The course introduces industrial relations delineating its essential concepts. In so doing, it considers the historical dimensions of work and the employment relationship, and the origins and the development of industrial relations up to the present time. Particular detailed attention is given to the present day structures and characteristics of employee representation, management and employers' associations. This is complemented by an examination of the role of the state, and how recent systemic changes affect state regulation and the workplace. The problem based learning structure allows you to develop your inquiry and communication skills.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of the course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate descriptive knowledge of the field of industrial relations.
2. Apply the essential concepts of industrial relations and their interrelationship at the personal, organisational
and national levels.
3. Recognise and consider the social, historical and equity issues within industrial relations.
4. Investigate solutions to industrial relations problems based on research and assessment of current practices.
5. Communicate your knowledge of industrial relations in both written and verbal formats reactive to both audience and
ContentThe syllabus incorporates five main areas: the scope of industrial relations as a field of study; management; employee representation; the role of the state and regulatory processes; key determinants of industrial relations. Contemporary Australian examples are central to the course. Historical and international examples of industrial relations structures and processes are also used.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIRHR1001
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
TutorialTutorial Exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for IRHR2010