Contemporary Employment Relations

Contemporary Employment Relations

Year: 2018-19
Course code: MGT4066
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 2
Course co-ordinator
: Dr. Scott Hurrell
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management.  
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more informationCherisse McLaren

Course 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. 


  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

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.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: 9 x 2 Hour
Workshop: 1 x 2 Hour


Assignment (30%)
Degree Exam (70%)