UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Franklin Lough

In an increasingly globalised world, studying Work and Employment Relations provided me with a deeper level of understanding of how businesses, governments and workers interact on a national, regional and global level. My studies in Management as a second major provided me with a well-rounded and substantial knowledge base that is applicable to leading organisations.

Work and Employment Relations major

The Work and Employment Relations major focuses on the dynamics of workplace relations between employers and employees as well as the wider impact of employment relations on the economy, society and politics. You will study how work is organised, the way employees are managed, the role of unions, how cooperation and negotiation can be developed, and how conflict can emerge and be managed. The nature of employment relations in both Australia and other countries is examined using institutional and sociological perspectives.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) evaluate and understand key concepts, theories and practices in employment relations as well as have an understanding of perspectives on the transformation of work and society drawn from relevant social (sociology, labour studies) and legal studies (employment law) disciplines; (2) apply relevant theories to practical contexts and issues; (3) understand the interests of workers, unions, managers, employers and the State within the workplace and the broader social context of work; (4) understand how to formulate appropriate responses to relevant policy and managerial issues; (5) understand principles of ethical behaviour and social responsibility in contemporary organisations and society; (6) use effective communication skills, both written and oral; and (7) work and manage teams.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Work and Employment Relations can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Work and Employment Relations is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations Incompatibility: IREL1101/2201 Foundations of Employment Relations
S2 EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work Incompatibility: EMPL2206 Social Psychology of Work

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses: a Level 1 Management or Employment Relations unit
Incompatibility: EMPL1102 Australian Employment Relations
S1 LAWS2309 Work and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems); or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units or equivalent
Incompatibility: LAWS3309 Workplace Law

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL3208 Managing Diversity Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2208 Managing Diversity
S2 EMPL3241 International Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
S1, NS EMPL3270 Negotiation: Theory and Practice Prerequisites: any two Level 2 units in the Human Resource Management major, Management major or Work and Employment Relations major
Incompatibility: EMPL2270 International Employment Relations
S1 EMPL3301 Globalisation and Work Prerequisites: EMPL2201 Foundations of Employment Relations; or EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Work and Employment Relations degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-WKERL (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Work and Employment Relations degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-WKERL-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Work and Employment Relations can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Work and Employment Relations can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Work and Employment Relations second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations Incompatibility: IREL1101/2201 Foundations of Employment Relations
S2 EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work Incompatibility: EMPL2206 Social Psychology of Work

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses: a Level 1 Management or Employment Relations unit
Incompatibility: EMPL1102 Australian Employment Relations
S1 LAWS2309 Work and the Law Prerequisites: LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems); or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units or equivalent
Incompatibility: LAWS3309 Workplace Law

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL3208 Managing Diversity Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2208 Managing Diversity
S2 EMPL3241 International Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
S1, NS EMPL3270 Negotiation: Theory and Practice Prerequisites: any two Level 2 units in the Human Resource Management major, Management major or Work and Employment Relations major
Incompatibility: EMPL2270 International Employment Relations
S1 EMPL3301 Globalisation and Work Prerequisites: EMPL2201 Foundations of Employment Relations; or EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Work and Employment Relations can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-WKERL (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Work and Employment Relations can also be taken as a degree-specific major.