Industrial Relations

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Industrial Relations

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Business, Industrial Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The purpose of this module is to provide students an insight into Irish Industrial Relations and a general appreciation of how it works. The course is structured around three themes. The first part provides an overview of Industrial Relations in Ireland and the main theoretical approaches to the subject. The second part focuses on the role of main actors, namely trade unions, employers associations and state specialised agencies. Also, it investigates changes over time in their roles. The third part examines the relationships between these three actors, focusing on social partnership, collective bargaining and industrial action. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and contribute to class discussions.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Define industrial relations as a concept and area of study.
    2. Discuss the role of trade unions, employers' associations and the state in industrial relations.
    3. Examine the main features of collective bargaining, social partnership and workplace partnership in Ireland.
    4. Explain trends in industrial action in Ireland.