Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module addresses the collective aspects of the employment relationship. It is taught through conventional lectures, which will give students a thorough grounding in employment relations, and an insight into the way this is practiced in the majority of Britain's major companies and in the public sector. The module covers the role of the parties to the employment relationship: employers, trade unions and the state. The module focuses on job regulation and the underlying conflict in the employment relationship. This includes forms of conflict management such as collective bargaining, third party institutions and consultation, particularly in relation to the growing importance of collective labour law.Tutorial work around a case study will allow students to develop their knowledge of one particular employment issue, and to practice and develop negotiating skills as part of a team, either as employers or employees, with the aim of reaching a solution acceptable to all parties.
This module will allow students to gain an understanding of employment relations in the UK, and in the EU context. Developing knowledge of the nature of the employment relationship, the module covers the structure, role and function of trade unions; employers and employers' associations; and the role of the state and its agencies. The module focuses on job regulation and the underlying conflict in the employment relationship. This includes forms of conflict management such as collective bargaining, third party institutions and consultation, particularly in relation to the growing importance of collective labour law.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain the competing approaches to understanding the employment relationship: 1,2describe and explain the role and functions of the parties to the employment relationship: 1,2explain conflict with reference to the distribution of power between the parties: 1,2relate the prevalence of collective bargaining to alternative forms of representation and to the regulation of the employment relationship: 1,2examine the process of collective bargaining and apply knowledge of bargaining practices and constraints to the negotiation exercise carried out in tutorials: 1,2appreciate the changing contextual and legal framework in which employment relations exist: 1,2
20 hours lectures and tutorials5 hours supervised preparation for tutorial exercise20 hours student-led group work for tutorial preparation50 hours individual tutorial preparation55 hours personal study
1: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
Open book ExamAssessment 1 is an open-Book Exam. Questions will cover all themes from the module and will be available on the KLE for 28 hours to answer and to submit the answers on the KLE. Although students have significant time to complete and submit their answers, it is expected that most students will spend no more than 2 hours with a maximum of 2000 words in total. The exam will have 2 sections and students should answer 1 question from each section.
2: Portfolio weighted 40%
Students submit a 1000 word portfolio relating to the case study and reflect on how this relates to the main themes fromThroughout the module, students take part in a role play exercise in tutorial groups, simulating elements of collective negotiation. This portfolio reflects key elements of their learning and of their experience of working in this way and requires reflection on the process and the feedback given after the negotiation session in week 12.