ECON351 Employment Relations

Updated: 26 October 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

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, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 30% 2500-3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Tutorial Paper 10% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
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: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and develop effective arguments concerning industrial relations and related policy issues;
  2. critically appraise references and use information to construct an argument;
  3. effectively research and present in written form various issues in the field of industrial relations and related areas;
  4. critically evaluate the complex interaction between the economy and society; and
  5. identify and outline the role of theory in shaping our understanding of industrial relations.