EMPL3301 Globalisation and Work

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.

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 Michael Gillan
Unit rules
Completion of all first year core units in any course.
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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