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LB5305 - Employment Relations

[Offered in 2012 only]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business

This subject introduces students to the importance of employee relations and aims at examining how employers and employees' interests get integrated in ways that promote and balance competitiveness, efficiency, equity and fairness. It assists students in understanding the social and institutional processes underlying workplace relations, including elements of the labour legislation, management initiatives and bargaining processes. Students will get knowledge of the nature of work and work restructuring in modern organisations. They will also get insights of the broader industrial relations system and the role played by key players including government agencies, employers' associations and trade unions. In addition students will develop an awareness of contemporary changes in the labour market as well as qualitative changes in labour requirement and how these changes affect management, workplace relations and working families.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the complex nature of the employment relationship and identify the political, institutional and social processes at play in the realm of workplace and broader industrial relations;
  • Acquire supporting knowledge from the field of sociology of work, organisational behaviour, economics and labour law;
  • Understand the functioning of the industrial relations system, its main actors and their strategies. Be able to develop an independent and informed view of topical issues surrounding workplace relations as well as acquire knowledge of employment relations in practice including the management of labour, compliance to the legislation, collective bargaining and bargaining structures.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.

Availabilities

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 09-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Stephane Le Queux
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures - As per Subject Guide
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (20%); assignments (30%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 15-Nov-2012
Coordinator: Dr Stephane Le Queux
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures - As per Subject Guide
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (20%); assignments (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.