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This unit studies the employment relationship. It studies the ways in which people are employed in various countries. You will analyse the labour markets and systems of employment relations in these countries. You will discuss the issues that emerge from this labour market analysis. This discussion will provide you with an insight into contemporary public policy and human resource management issues in a number of countries.
HRMT20027 Employment Relations introduces students to the study of employment relations. HRMT20029 International Employment Relations builds upon this base by analysing employment relations in a number of significant market economies. The focus of this unit is the study of employment relations on a comparative basis. The theoretical perspectives that underpin the study of employment relations in HRMT20027 are incorporated into the theories that inform the study of comparative employment relations in HRMT20029.
Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
There are no requisites for this unit.
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The conclusion to the study of comparative employment relations.
Chapters 13 &14
Events and Submissions/Topic
Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (4 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam WeekBegin Date:
07 Jun 2021
Events and Submissions/Topic
Exam WeekBegin Date:
14 Jun 2021
Events and Submissions/Topic
1 Written Assessment
Identify and discuss the main challenges facing employment relations in Australia. In your assessment you must discuss the challenges that are currently being faced by unions and the enterprise bargaining system. What do you consider will be the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment relations in Australia? (50 marks)
Word Length: 2000-3000 words (including references)
Please note that information that is relevant to this essay will be posted on the Unit Moodle website.
Assessment Due Date
Week 6 Friday (23 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Submissions must be uploaded to the Moodle website
Return Date to Students
Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021)
Essays will be returned at the completion of the marking and moderation process
Depth of knowledge and critical analysis of the topic
Appropriateness of responses to the topic question
Relevant and accurate literature
Essay has clear introduction, main body & conclusion. Clarity of expression/grammar and spelling
Correct referencing style
Appropriate word length relevant to the topic.
A detailed criteria sheet is available on the Unit Moodle website.
Only MS Word document (doc and docx only). Other types are not acceptable. Documents that cannot go through Turnitin or cannot be opened will not be marked.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Identify and discuss the main characteristics of employment relations in a number of countries
Compare and contrast employment relations in various countries
Critically analyse the labour markets of a number of countries
Critically discuss various human resource management issues that arise from the study of a number of labour markets. Explain the significance of these matters to both a specialist and general audience
Critically evaluate and demonstrate understanding of the theories that inform comparative employment relations.
Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Ethical and Professional Responsibility
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