The module analyses the decisions of companies and workers in the labour market to understand workers' wages, and jobs. The interaction between company human resource strategies, worker choices, and government policy is emphasised. While the main disciplinary component of the module is economics, material from the industrial relations, European studies and HRM fields is also incorporated.
Under the heading of firms' HRM strategies, topics covered include training, recruitment, equal opportunity, employee participation, and motivation strategies. Government labour policies evaluated include education, training, discrimination, health and safety, minimum wage legislation, employment protection, and unemployment assistance programmes.
The emphasis is on contemporary developments with up-to-the-minute supplementary reading from newspapers and the web.