Subject details

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

  1. develop their understanding of the objectives, structure and activities of the main parties in industrial relations
  2. deepen their understanding of the employment relationship
  3. analyse the nature of industrial conflict and be aware of the processes by which disputes can be resolved
  4. evaluate recent public policy regarding the form of the industrial relations system
  5. analyse the impact of enterprise and workplace agreements on wages, conditions, organisational efficiency, workplace flexibility and equity and social justice
  6. examine the main theories of industrial relations
  7. develop critical insights into the development of the Australian industrial relations system
  8. be aware of social justice issues in the workplace and the broader society.
  • Topics

    • What are management-employee relations?
    • Why management-employee relations?
    • What do management employee relations look like?
    • Why study theory?
    • The changing context of management employee relations
    • Unions and other forms of employee representation
    • Management and employer representation
    • The State and its agencies
    • Bargaining structures, processes and outcomes
    • State regulation - legislation
    • Managing conflict - does it exist?
    • Managing equity and diversity
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MON-MAN232

Special requirements

Please note: This subject is currently only taking enrolments for SP1 in 2018.

Management Employee Relations aims to provide you with an understanding of industrial relations. It includes the roles of trade unions, the industrial tribunal system and employer associations. It places these in an historical and theoretical context that explains their present structures, activities and limitations. It will also address the contemporary approaches to workplace relations between managers, employees and unions. You will become acquainted with critical approaches to the practice of industrial relations.

  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)
  • Major Assignment (20%)
  • Discussion Board Participation (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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