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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2060 Contemporary Industrial Relations

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Jane Holgate

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces you to contemporary developments in the field of industrial relations in the UK and develops your capacity to understand the causes and consequences of these developments based on an analysis of relevant theory and evidence.


This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the changes that have taken place in industrial relations in the UK, using evidence from relevant theories to demonstrate the impact on employee voice mechanisms in the world of work and the changing nature of collective bargaining.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Describe the causes and consequences of recent developments that have changed the way in which the employment relationship is regulated
- Explain women's experience of employment in the UK and Europe and the way in which industrial relations institutions mediate this experience
- Assess the effectiveness of recent UK approaches to giving employees a voice at work to achieve 'high performance workplaces’
- Evaluate claims about the demise of collectivism and the rise of individualism and draw out the implications of this assessment for the future of trade unions
- Account for the impact of different employer strategies on Human Resource Management (HRM) policy and practice.
- Articulate how global and cultural influences impact on local employment practices

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply to good effect the analytical, critical thinking and intellectual skills required to solve human resource management problems
- Work effectively as part of a team


Indicative content:
The role of the state in industrial relations at a national and EU level; gender, employment and industrial relations in a British and EU perspective; voice at work; the role of 'high performance management' and works councils; individualism and collectivism; the demise of collective industrial relations; the future of trade unions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup Presentation15.00
Assignment2,000 words85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2,000 word coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:20


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