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LUBS3095 Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Charles Umney

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce you to the main developments in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations in a global context. It will look at HRM and employment relations in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific regions, and within the specific economies of Britain, Japan, China, India, Central and Eastern European post-Socialist economies, Germany and the USA. You will gain an understanding of the economic factors that impact upon employment relations and HRM in these regions and countries.


This module aims to provide awareness of how contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and employment relations have been shaped by the interplay of national systems and international influences such as the role of multinational corporations and international regulatory actors. Specifically, it compares and contrasts the development and practice of HRM and employment relations in a global context post 1945.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify and evaluate the relative importance of the global contextual factors impacting upon employment relations and HRM
- Interpret and explain how contemporary developments in HRM and Employment Relations have been influenced by national systems
- Position the main contemporary developments in HRM and employment relations in a global context
- Interpret and explain why employment relations and HRM practices differ between firms, sec-tors and countries
- Analyse the complexities of global human resource strategies and how these change over time

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Deploy effectively developed individual and group presentation skills
- Critically evaluate complex theories
- Communicate effectively in writing
- Research skills


Indicative content

The key issues and major developments in Employment Relations and HRM in a global context; HRM and employment relations in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific Region. Specific economies considered are: Britain, US, Germany, Japan, China, and India. The focus is on recent developments in human resource management, trade union and state policies. Pressures for change are explored against the backdrop of shifts in the world economy since 1945, the internationalisation of capital, global competition, the role of Multinational Corporations and international regulatory actors, European integration, the decentralisation of organisations and traditional methods of collective bargaining, greater economic liberalism, deregulation and privatisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will undertake independent learning preparing for each seminar topic (80 hours total). The remaining private study time will be spent preparing for the coursework and examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback to be provided during seminars, and in response to student (non-assessed) presentations in seminars. Students will also be given the opportunity to seek guidance on the coursework assessment. Written feedback and a provisional mark for the coursework will be provided prior to the examination.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/05/2019


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