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Unit Overview


This unit considers the global context of employment relations by examining how global integration has reshaped the role of the state, employers, labour organisations, the status of citizens (or workers) and the character of work. These general themes are further explored with reference to how employment relations practices and institutions are shaped by global investment, production networks, civil society organisations and transnational regulatory institutions. The significance of economic and social context (international institutional variation) will be examined, inclusive of employment relations in developing society contexts. The unit will also examine the influence of multinational corporations on employment relations and the contemporary challenges of international human resource management. The unit introduces students to theoretical frameworks to help them analyse current trends and developments, as well as develop a broad knowledge of contemporary global employment relations practices.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain how employment relations are shaped by globalisation; (2) describe and theorise global variation and convergence in employment relations institutions and practices; (3) demonstrate an ability to write a critical analysis of an aspect of employment relations; (4) develop teamwork skills; and (5) justify an informed position on how global context has shaped an international dimension or organisational actor in employment relations and/or human resource management..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar activities; (2) essay; 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 Michael Gillan
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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