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Why regulate employment? Do unions have too much power? How should pay be set? How can disputes at work be resolved? Should employees share in decision-making with management? These questions are central to contemporary debates over the policies and practices governing the relationship between managers and workers. This subject introduces students to the institutions, actors, and processes which shape the terms and conditions of work. An overview of key theoretical ideas provides the basis for examining major issues, trends and controversies in the regulation and management of employee relations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Identify and describe the key institutions, processes and actors in the regulation and management of work and employment.
- Critically evaluate competing views on the major issues influencing the regulation and management of employee relations.
- Apply subject content to devise strategies that address employee relations challenges faced by business and management.
- High level of development: critical thinking; problem solving; application of theory to practice; team work; collaborative learning; oral and written communication; analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
- Moderate level of development: accessing data and other information from a range of sources; use of computer software.
Last updated: 5 August 2020