EMPL3241 International Employment Relations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Resource Management; Work and Employment Relations major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit considers debate on the global 'convergence' of employment relations practices across national boundaries. Globalisation has had a significant impact on national employment relations, causing changes to the role of the state, employers, unions, and to the subsequent status of workers. The unit discusses common global forces that have shaped employment relations (trade and relocation of work, corporate and workplace restructuring, ideological and policy transformation) and key features of employment relations systems in four regions: North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The evolution of employment relations and its current state in these regions is analysed taking into account conflict at the workplace and dispute resolution procedures, regulatory institutions, employee participation, and the role of unions and employers.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of core concepts in the scholarly literature on international and comparative employment relations; (2) demonstrate an informed understanding of broad patterns of employment relations parties, practices, and institutions, in a number of key countries; (3) demonstrate the ability to engage in comparative analysis; (4) critically reflect on learning experiences and the application of new knowledge to various topical issues relevant to international employment relations; (5) demonstrate advanced research, essay and report writing, and verbal presentation skills; and (6) apply ethical and cultural awareness in an international context, and an understanding of comparative institutional development, to relevant lecture content, discussions in seminars, and assigned readings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual essay; (2) tutorial activities; and (3) final 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 Andrzej Gwizdalski
Unit rules
EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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