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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on how globalisation is transforming work, employment and society at a local level. The unit therefore considers facets of these transformations which are central to understanding contemporary employment relations. These include the rise of global corporations; technological and communications change; the reorganisation of work and employment; internal and external labour market change; and the emergence of global production networks and the changing character of local and international trade unionism in response to these structural shifts. The unit considers the relationship between globalisation and these transformations by considering three core issues. First, it identifies and analyses structures of globalisation by discussing organisations, processes, and ideas associated with globalisation and their influence on labour markets, workplaces and society. Second, it considers the experience of work in an era of globalisation by developing a grounded understanding of how globalisation has reshaped work and worker identity. Third, it considers individual and collective responses to the impact of globalisation on work with special reference to global labour organisations and networks, non-government organisations, and global regulatory and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations; Global Business major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the core debates over the meaning of the term 'globalisation'; (2) explain the relationship between globalisation and labour market and workplace restructuring; (3) identify organisations and institutions central to globalisation and their impact on work; (4) gain a critical appreciation of how globalisation reshapes the experience of work and worker identity; (5) develop a critical understanding of individual and collective responses to the impact of globalisation on work; and (6) demonstrate enhanced written, oral and information literacy skills through participation in class discussions, and through the preparation of an individual essay and written responses in the final examination.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual essay ; (2) seminar activities ; and (3) examination. 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)
Dr Ron Maas
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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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.