Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Contemporary Employment Relations MGT4066

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The management of employment relations between organisations and their workforce are integral to human resource management. The employment relationship now takes many forms and its management is affected by multiple stakeholders. Whatever the form of this relationship, good employment relations are essential to ensure legal compliance, ensure the fair treatment of staff and to manage potential conflict.


Lectures: 9 x 2-hour lectures

Workshops: 1 x 2-hour workshop

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable

Excluded Courses



ILO (covered)



Word Length/Duration

2; 7



1,500 words

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

1. To outline trends in the current employment relationship and the various forces which affect employment relations today.

2. To explain changes in the macro, socio-political and regulatory environment and what these changes mean for employment relations and the employment relationship.

3. To consider the role of negotiation and conflict in employment relations and the laws and institutions which impact upon these outcomes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:


1. Identify and critically assess key aspects of the law regulating the employment relationship.

2. Identify and critically evaluate key theoretical concepts related to employment relations.

3. Identify and critically assess the key contextual factors affecting the form, regulation and management of the employment relationship.

4. Critically evaluate the changing role of various institutions in employment relations.

5. Identify and critically assess how the (mis)management of employment relations affects workers and organisations.

6. Identify and critically analyse forms and outcomes of conflict in organisations and how these might be managed.

7. Reflectively evaluate forms and processes of bargaining and negotiation.

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.