Australian Employment Relations (Previously IRL100) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Group Discussion Board Task (20%) , Journal (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

Practitioners of industrial relations, employment relations and human resource management need to appreciate the role of institutions and understand the practices and processes used by industrial relations actors. Australian industrial relations covers the roles of the state, trade unions, the tribunal system, employer associations and emerging institutions. This unit provides you with an historical and theoretical context that explains present structures, activities and limitations. It also addresses the contemporary approaches to workplace relations between managers, employees and unions.

If you wish to pursue a professional career as an ER and/or HRM practitioner, Australian Employment Relations presents an invaluable overview of the Australian industrial relations system. The unit specifically aims to:

  1. deepen your understanding of the employment relationship
  2. develop your understanding of the objectives, structure and activities of the main parties in industrial relations
  3. analyse the nature of industrial conflict
  4. evaluate recent public policy regarding wages in particular, and more broadly the form of the industrial relations system
  5. analyse the impact of policy on wages, conditions, workplace flexibility, equity and social justice and performance
  6. examine the main theories of employment relations
  7. develop critical insights into the likely future development of Australian employment relations
  8. develop the application of Griffith generic skills.
  • Group Discussion Board Task (20%)
  • Journal (35%)
  • Report (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is employment relations?
2Employers and management
3Workers and unions
4The state
5Theory and ideology in ER
6Models of ER
7History and context
8State regulation
9When interests collide
10ER and performance
11Review and reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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