MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Comparative Industrial Relations
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The Comparative Industrial Relations course unit examines industrial relations within a broad socio-economic context, focusing for the most part on the national cases of France, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. The analysis of developments within the European Union and the impact of these development on the national cases considered will be assessed, as will the development of the European Union as a source of industrial relations policy. The central theme of the course is the employment relationship, and the objectives and methods of the parties in industrial relations: trade unions, management/employers and governments. The approach is both descriptive and analytical.
The Comparative Industrial Relations course unit introduces students to a range of issues pertinent to different industrial relations systems which operate in a range of countries. It is designed to provide a general background to the subject with particular emphasis on the role of the state, employers and trade unions. It also reviews the development of European forms of regulation and practice.
To enable students:
• To understand the factors that shape different systems of industrial relations; the processes through which they are determined; and the tensions that can arise in employment relations.
• To appraise the nature, objectives and methods adopted by the social partners in attempting to influence job regulation.
• To analyse and assess critically present provisions, policies and practices of the various interest groups within industrial relations.
• To examine and assess critically policies implemented by the European Union and its effects on the national systems of industrial relations.
• To understand the issues of research methods that arise from the comparative study of industrial relations systems.
100% coursework: essay of between 3,000 and 4,000 words
Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.
Students are advised to read extensively from books and journals in order to prepare for seminars and assignments. No single text is recommended as the set course book, but the following books are the most useful:
Frege, C. and Kelly, J. 2013. Comparative Employment Relations. London: Routledge.
Bamber, G., Lansbury, R., Wailes, N. and Wright, C. (2016) International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes. London: Sage.
Ferner, A. and Hyman, R. 1998. (eds.). (2nd Edition). Changing Industrial Relations in Europe. Oxford: Blackwell.
Marginson, P. and Sisson, K. 2004. European Integration and Industrial Relations. Houndmills: MacMillan.
Van Ruysseveldt, J. and Visser, J.1996.(eds.). Industrial Relations in Europe. London: Sage
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|Stefania Marino||Unit coordinator|
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