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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5334M Employment Relations

30 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Prof. Jane Holgate

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides comprehensive coverage to the field of UK employment relations. It will provide you with the theoretical resources with which to interrogate current developments within the subject.


The module is designed to provide a comprehensive guide to recent developments in the field of employment relations (ER). It aims to bring an integrated approach to the subject, drawing on the disciplines of economics, politics and sociology. The course also seeks to explore the character of UK employment relations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to critically evaluate:
- change and continuity in changing management strategies and structures;
- key factors in the contemporary prospects for trade union membership;
- the impact of the economic crisis on employment relations
- the role of key social agencies (employers, trade unions and the state) and labour market institutions in shaping comparative economic performance in the UK
- different theoretical frameworks and their usefulness in explaining the current state of employment relations

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- conduct analysis and provide relevant evidence and examples to support an argument
- write coherently and concisely to an advance level
- plan, organise and deliver work within time constraints


Indicative content:
- Differing theoretical perspectives on Employment Relations (values, ideology and frames of reference, context of employee relations)
- Key actors: managers and employers regulating employee relations
- Key actors: trade unions and the collective regulation of employment relations
- Key actors: the state and its intervention in employment relations
- Employee voice
- Trade unions in contemporary employment relations (decline, activity and "other actors")
- Negotiation and collective bargaining
- Industrial relations, productivity and performance (national and international contexts)
-Future perspectives on industrial/employee relations
-Review session

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours240.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for the lecture will involve reviewing the lecture slides prior to the lecture (10 X 2 hours= 20 hours). Each student will be expected to spend time preparing for the seminars (8 hours per seminar x 10 = 80 hours). Preparation for the assignment and examination are both expected to take around 140 hours study time

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Written feedback will be provided on the coursework assignments to help students assess their progress and prepare for future assignments. Participation in the seminar classes also provides the opportunity for students to assess their progress and receive feedback from tutors on an ongoing basis.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/12/2017


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