Employee Relations

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Employee Relations

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior study of HRM useful

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The focus of this module is the relationship between employers and employees. We
    examine the nature of this relationship and the significance of its key features for the
    relative power and position of the two main parties. We consider how the employment
    relationship is regulated and controlled and the resulting outcomes for employers and
    employees alike. In this regard, the role of trade unions, new employment relations
    actors such as Citizens Advice, and internal company human resource management
    systems are scrutinised and discussed. The impact of government legislation on
    employee relations outcomes and processes is also examined, as are other contextual
    influences such as the business environment, labour market and technological trends.

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Key theories, concepts & models in analyzing the employment relationship
    ? The context of employee relations
    ? Trade unions & collective bargaining
    ? Human Resource Management and Non-Union Forms of Employee Voice
    ? New Employment Relations Actors
    ? UK & European Union government policies & laws and employee relations
    ? The business environment and employee relations

    Spring Semester:
    ? Policies and procedures relating to discipline and dismissal
    ? Legal Regulation of Health & Safety
    ? Labour market trends and employment outcomes
    ? The employment experience of particular groups of workers (e.g. women and
    migrant workers)
    ? The future of employee relations.
    Teaching: Lectures and tutorials

    ? Exam (60%)
    ? Group presentation and summary of evidence (15%)
    ? Coursework: Paired assignment (25%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Pair assignment and group presentation.
    STUDY OPTION 3: Individual assignment and presentation

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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