Work, Employment and Human Resource Management in Context (782N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to the core issues HR managers deal with as part of the larger social, economic, cultural and political contexts of the modern world of work and employment.

You will pay close attention to both the socio-historical development of dominant forms of work organisation in capitalist economies and also the contextually embedded and variable nature of employment relationships.

You'll be shown how the HR function is affected by both internal and external factors across organisations large and small – profit-seeking, third sector, public sector and multinational.

You will examine internal and external factors, including:

  • understandings of HR
  • the practice of HR professionals
  • the transformation of dominant HR practices
  • the organisational position of the HR function
  • the nature and history of modern management paradigms
  • the dynamics of markets and pressures for competitiveness in markets
  • demographic, social and technological changes that transform work and labour markets
  • the flows induced by globalisation and their impact on the policies of national and transnational governance structures.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: