EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Employment relations is an important aspect of any country's economy and is also a key element in the political debate, but what is 'employment relations'? Is it about unions, about strikes, about negotiation of wages and conditions, about freedom of contract? What happens when a manager wants to introduce some changes or a worker is concerned about safety issues? Why are employment relations good in some companies but not in others? This unit lays the foundations for the study of employment relations and so helps the student to answer questions such as these. The unit examines the nature of work and the relationship between employer and employee. It considers the role of management, the state and trade unions. It explores areas of conflict and cooperation and the different ways in which conflict can be handled.
Students are able to (1) describe the discrete interests of workers, employers and the state and roles each play in the workplace and the broader social and economic context; (2) analyse the factors which contribute to both the dynamics and complexity of the employment relationship; and (3) identify the factors which lead to cooperation or conflict in the workplace.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) essays; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Donella Caspersz
Unit rules
IREL1101/2201 Foundations of Employment Relations
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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