Business and management studies

Employment Relations

Module code: 776N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

Explore employment relations from a social, political, economic, legal and psychological perspective.

You gain an understanding of the world of work, and study key debates, theories and policies.

You analyse competing theories associated with employment relations strategy and explore the affect this has on organisational climate, employees and management.

You use your knowledge and skills for practical activities in a variety of public, private and non-profit organisational contexts. This means you can review and evaluate the roles of stakeholders and the structures and processes needed to understand employment relationship.

In this module, you are also given the chance for applied learning and professional development.

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a critical awareness of the different theories and perspectives on employment relations; the impact of local, national and global contexts shaping employment relations climates; the roles and functions of the different parties to control and manage the employment relationship.
  • Critically assess the importance of organisational-level employment relations processes that support organisational performance, including the design and implementation of policies and practices in the areas of: employee engagement; diversity management; employee communication, involvement and participation negotiation and bargaining; conflict resolution; and change management and management control.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the significance of employment relations procedures that help mitigate organisational risk, including the design and implementation of policies and practices in the areas of discipline, grievance, dismissal and redundancy.
  • Critically analyse the integration of employment relations processes and how they impact on policy, practice and organisational outcomes such as performance and employee engagement.