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Module Title LH Personnel Economics
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 35193
Module Lead Stan Siebert
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-34 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-156 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The course analyses the decisions of companies and workers in the labour market so as 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.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse in depth how labour markets work to determine wages and employment of different worker groups including skilled and unskilled, old and young, males and females
  • Appreciate key labour policy issues, including minimum wages, fees for higher education, industrial training, unemployment benefits, and trade union support
  • Critically analyse the main conceptual and practical issues underlying firms' human resource strategies
  • Make significant contributions to debates on labour market propositions using actual experience in a team before the lecture group.
Assessment 35193-01 : Class Test : Class Test (25%)
35193-02 : Debate Presentation : Coursework (25%)
35193-03 : Project : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 50% project (2,000 words limit), 25% debate presentation, 25% mid-term test (45 mins)
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