Postgraduate taught 

International Human Resource Management & Development MSc

International Perspectives on Employment Relations MGT5346

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the key actors in employment relations and analyses their behaviour in an international context, whilst also investigating how they operate within differing types of national employment relations regimes. The effects of key international regulatory bodies (such as the EU and ILO) and key trends (such as globalisation) are also investigated.


The course applies a blended learning design with an indicative balance of 50% on campus, 50% online. It is normally timetabled to run over fours weeks in Semester 2.

Excluded Courses



A 15-20 minute group presentation (learning objectives 1, 4 and 5).

A 2-hour examination with a requirement to answer 2 questions covering learning objectives 1-6.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:


1. Introduce students to the main actors in employment relations and the differing forms they may take nationally and internationally.

2. Advance understanding of how these actors interact at the national and international level and the outcomes of these interactions.

3. Develop a critical appreciation of the role of conflict in the employment relationship and the differing ways that this may be manifested nationally and internationally.

4. Advance understanding of key differences in forms of national employment relations systems.

5. Develop critical appreciation of key international trends affecting employment relations and the role of supra-national regulatory bodies such as the EU and ILO.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:



1.  Identify the main actors in employment relations; and critically evaluate their differing interests, values and the potential risks associated with these.

2.  Critically evaluate key theoretical concepts used to analyse employment relations.

3.  Critically assess how the main actors in employment relations organise, interact (locally, nationally and internationally;) and evaluate the outcomes and wider implications of these interactions (including industrial conflict).

4.  Compare and critically assess different systems of employment relations, through analysis of selected countries and regions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.