ECON351 Employment Relations

Updated: 22 May 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECON251 or EH247 or EH347
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Lucie Newsome (
Unit Description

The unit provides an overview of the employment relationship. After considering the ways in which conflict is explained by the various theoretical perspectives, the unit examines the historical and contemporary roles of the main employment relations actors (the state, unions and management) and the ways in which the interaction of these actors creates and conditions the employment relationship.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Employment Relations: Theory and Practice

ISBN: 9781743765586
Bray, M., Waring, P., Cooper, R. and Macneil, J., McGraw-Hill 4th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Tutorial Paper

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assignment 2 40% 2500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

Students must obtain at least 50% in the exam (and at least 50% overall) to receive a pass or better in the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and articulate the competing and complimentary objectives of stakeholders in the Australian employment relationship and how their actions are influenced by legislation;
  2. use a range of cognitive and/or communication skills to identify, evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to demonstrate judgement and analytical skills in solving problems and developing arguments associated with Australian employment relations;
  3. work independently and/or collaboratively to plan and execute tasks to enhance professional knowledge and skills in the area of Australian employment relations; and
  4. demonstrate the ability to recognise, reflect on, and respond appropriately to a range of ethical, cultural or social issues influencing the Australian employment relationship.