The Future of Work - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

This unit explores the future of work in a rapidly globalizing, knowledge and service-intensive economy. Advances in IT and associated technologies are enabling firms to automate and /or outsource routine work, displacing the jobs of low-skilled workers, while enhancing the power of knowledge workers. In parallel, new industries and forms of collaborative and distance-based work are emerging, offering new challenges and opportunities.  This unit investigates the causes of technological, industrial and organizational change and their potential impacts on work arrangements and stakeholder relationships. Strategies and policies for managing change and coping with the new world of work are outlined, drawing on latest research from Australia and other countries.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

have an advanced understanding of the forces driving change in the economy and the growing importance of intellectual capital;

be able to explain the impacts of technological change on industries and organizations;

be able to use a range of theoretical perspectives to interpret and critically evaluate the changing nature of work and work arrangements;

be able to identify and explain the changing dynamics of employment relations and the implications for workers and managers;

have an understanding of human and intellectual capital management systems and frameworks relevant to the changing world of work;

be able to critically evaluate and compare policies and strategies for addressing the future of work from a variety of international perspectives.

  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

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.

1The new economy
2The growing importance of intellectual capital
3Technological and industrial change
4Organizational change
5New work arrangements
6The future workplace
7Work-life integration
8New management systems
9Human capital strategies and frameworks
10New stakeholder partnerships
11International and global perspectives

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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