UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EMPL5412 Employment Relations

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces students to foundational concepts of employment relations within the context of the Australian industrial relations system. Core questions include—What is employment relations? Why do some companies have good employment relations and others do not? What constitutes good employment relations? These questions are addressed from the perspective of the worker, the manager and the government. In addition, students consider the nature of work, the relationship between employer and employee, the role of management, the role of trade unions, as well as exploring areas of conflict and cooperation. These concepts are fundamental to an understanding of employment relations both at the workplace and at the broader national level within any country. The unit also provides students with a basic introduction to the workings of the Australian industrial relations system. Students learn about the formal institutions as well as examine contemporary employment relations policies and issues. International students are encouraged to apply their learning about employment relations concepts to their home country context, should they so prefer.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the interests of workers, unions, managers, employers and the state within the workplace and the broader environment; (2) explain and analyse the complexity of the relationship between employer and employee; (3) explain the logic of collective action by employers and employees; (4) identify the reasons why governments take an interest in workplace relations and what institutions they create to regulate employment relations issues; (5) identify the factors which lead to cooperation or conflict in the workplace; and (6) apply concepts from the unit to practical contexts and issues and to participate in contemporary debates about the nature of regulation in the Australian employment relations system.
Assessment Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Mr Tom Barratt
Contact hours lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.biz.uwa.edu.au/Units/EMPL5412/SEM-1/2017

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