Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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 inwritten and verbal formats apprporiate to both audience and purpose.


The 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.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercises

Quiz: Workshop Quizzes

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.