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This subject investigates HRM and ER issues of pressing concern in the contemporary global context and discusses policies that might be put into place by practitioners and governments. Lectures are conducted by a seminar approach in which students are invited to participate in the development of ideas and arguments. Visual documentary material is presented throughout the course to illustrate topics under consideration. The course deals with problems that may include the following: how to put into practice effective policies of workplace social inclusion for people with disabilities; how to establish effective employee consultation; how to break down persistent barriers to women in their career progression; how to put into practice the ethical codes of conduct of multinationals such as Nike and Gap.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain and critically evaluate major issues of pressing concern in the contemporary global workplace;
- Analyse the main theories and evidence related to these issues; and
- Suggest policies that might be put into place to help solve problems related to these issues.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following skills:
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be developed through seminar discussion and individual research;
- Communication skills and collaborative learning, which should be developed through oral presentations;
- The ability to apply theory to practice, which should be enhanced by developing policies to solve issue-related problems; and
- Synthesis and evaluation of information, which should be fostered by adopting both pragmatic and critical approaches towards policy development.
Last updated: 3 November 2022