The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to develop in students a critical understanding of selected theory and theorists in human resource management and employment relations.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the depth of research and scholarship in HRM.

2. Critically engage with and assess contrasting theoretical viewpoints.

3. Apply key theories to contemporary HRM issues.


The topics considered in this course will be developed in consultation between course coordinator/lecturer and students. Major topic areas may include but are not limited to;

  1. Research/scholarship in HRM.
  2. Theory in HRM.
  3. Theory application to contemporary HRM issues.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Scoial Science or Bachelor of Arts with a major in HRM or related filed

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Critiques

Essay: Essay

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term

If sufficient number of students are enrolled then seminars will be held each fortnight, otherwise students will undertake individual supervision. All students will complete the self directed learning component of this course.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term