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Module Title LM International Perspectives on Employment Relations
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 37331
Module Lead Alex Wood
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description This module provides an introduction to the main changes in employment relations over the last 20 years and the nature and degree of transformation according to national and international context.

In particular, it investigates how new technologies, government policy and institutional regulation shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies. In doing so students learn to critically evaluate the role, functions and interests of different parties (employers, workers, trade unions and government) in the employment relationship and why this might lead to conflict in the workplace and variations in industrial relations systems across different countries. By doing so, it allows students to further develop their knowledge and understanding of Employment Relations. Overall, this module covers theory and practice in Employment Relations and, where appropriate, guest speakers, practical exercises and simulations as well as research-led academic insights and perspectives will be included.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Explain the role of government policy and institutional regulation and how these shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and practices.
  • Critically evaluate different theories and perspectives on employment relations.
  • Analyse the impact of local, national and global contexts shaping employment and industrial relations climates.
  • Explain the role and functions of different parties to control and manage the employment relationship.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment
3500-word individual portfolio consisting of 3000 words essay and a 500 words personal reflection (80%)
Group presentation (20%)

Reassessment by failed component.
3500-word individual portfolio consisting of a 3000-word essay and a 500-word personal reflection (80%).
The group presentation will be reassessed by an individual video presentation (pre-recorded by the student).
Reading List