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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the relationship between employer and employee, drawing on issues, policies and developments within industrial relations. It explores relevant legislation and its impact on the workplace, examining specific areas of regulation including minimum standards, awards, enterprise agreements, dismissal, discrimination, industrial action and safety.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) gain knowledge of (a) common law principles relating to the formation, performance and termination of the contract of employment; (b) federal legislation relating to the workplace; (c) reform of rights and obligations of employers and employees; and (d) issues, policies and developments in industrial relations and (2) demonstrate (a) oral communication skills; (b) research skills; and (c) analytical skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial work; (2) mid course assignment; and (3) final assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Tom Barratt
Unit rules
EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations.
or EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work.
for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units or equivalent
or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
LAWS3309 Workplace Law
and LAWS2309 Work and the Law
Contact hours
Intensive Mode Over 2 Weeks
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.