The module explorers the employment relationship from a socio-economic perspective and exposes students to the dynamic and varied nature of the employment relationship, focusing on the role of management, employees, and the state in both national and international perspectives. The module is broadly divided into three sections:
(1) CER actors,
(2) comparative and international CER, and
(3) applied CER issues.
- To provide students with an understanding of the evolution of employment relations primarily in Britain and the shifting roles and nature of management, employees, and the state;
- To introduce international perspectives on contemporary ER, focusing primarily on Europe, North America, and China;
- To enable students to understand contemporary ER issues in an applied manner, teasing out their wider implications for organizations and society.
- On completion of the module, students should be able to understand the main trends in employment relations, provide accurate advice on frameworks of collective and individual employee relations in national and international contexts, and should be able to assess how contemporary issues and proposed developments are likely to affect management policies and procedures.
||Understand the key components of employment relations theory and demonstrate a sound overarching knowledge
||Understand and evaluate the roles of the key actors in employment relations
||Understand theoretical models and empirical trends in the evolution employment relations nationally and internationally
||Be knowledgeable in applied contemporary employment relations issues (e.g., collective bargaining, industrial disputes, employee participation, the role of technology in the changing nature of work)