This unit investigates the nature of industrial relations in Australia and critically reviews the interface between industrial relations institutions, workplaces and employment outcomes. Through analysis, debate and critical reflection, students will exhibit professional attributes of ethical practice, respect for cultural diversity, and consideration of local and global contexts and individual and public good when exploring the complexity of: causes and management of industrial conflict; employment regulation in Australia, management employee relations strategies; the role of unions and governments; industrial tribunals; and enterprise bargaining.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO5544

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify professional judgement in identifying, deconstructing and solving a broad range of complex problems, creating new strategies and drawing on in-depth specialist knowledge, reflection and evaluation with regards to the framework of industrial relations in Australia;  
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the key processes of industrial relations at the workplace level and their relationships to the institutions;  
  3. Critically discuss, analyse and evaluate the current and emerging industrial relations trends and debate their impact on the parties, processes and rules of Australian industrial relations; and  
  4. Persuasively advocate their recommendations in both written and oral form to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral 20%
Assignment Essay 30%
Examination Final exam (2 hours) 50%

Required reading

Employment Relations: Theory and Practice,
Bray, M, Waring, P & Cooper, R 2011,
McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

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