The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course Employment Relations explores the management of employment relations in Australia, exploring both laws and institutions beyond the workplace and management strategies within the organisation. Important points of departure are the different ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship. The course will be especially valuable to managers seeking a better understand Australia's system of employment relations, and the strategic options available in the Australian context, and their potential risks and benefits. Several guest speakers will add practical insights.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 3 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain key concepts in employment relations.

2. Analyse a range of laws, institutional structures and managerial practices in employment relations in Australia.

3. Apply the skills necessary to analyse employment relations problems and develop managerial solutions.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship.
  2. The parties to employment relations, including management, employer associations, employee representatives (both union and non-union) and the state.
  3. The role of the state in structuring employment relations.
  4. Legal and strategic aspects of collective bargaining and direct engagement.
  5. The role of external agencies (especially the Fair Work Commission).
  6. The implications of different employment relations regimes for equity and efficiency at both organisational and national levels.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Problem-Based Learning Exercises

Participation: Written Contributions to Blackboard Discussion Board

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term Full Term

This course will be offered in intensive mode equivalent to the above hours.

Online Activity

Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term Full Term