Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module explores how managers and workers interact in the workplace to regulate the employment relationship in both union and non-union environments. The module also identifies pay as a key concern for employers, employees, trade unions and the state, as well as other elements of reward. Pay is a vital component of managing human resources and a frequent issue of contention within employee relations - managers need to control costs; workers rely on wages for survival.Students are introduced to worker organisation and collective bargaining, the role of managerial regulation, information and consultation requirements. The effects of state policy, particularly in relation to legal regulation, are also discussed. The module is centred on the UK, whilst integrating elements of international comparison.
The module aims to provide:an appreciation of the political economy of pay and reward systems;analysis of pay systems and structures;an understanding of the theory and practice of negotiations;a critical understanding of both collective bargaining and non-union forms of worker involvement and participation.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically assess theories of pay determination;: 1,2critically assess the main processes in the regulation of the employment relationship and the impact of change over time: 2critically evaluate the policies and practices of trade unions and employers in the field of collective bargaining: 2identify and critically evaluate the meaning of concepts of productivity and performance and some of their limitations: 2critically analyse different pay systems and the methodologies for determining pay hierarchies, particularly in relation to low pay and discrimination: 2evaluate the effects of state policy on pay, both in terms of distribution and level: 2identify both direct and indirect methods of regulating the employment relationship and evaluate the evidence for their adoption: 2develop skills in utilising evidence of pay dispersion contained in official data sources: 1
15 hours lectures6 hours tutorial work3 hours structured tutorials and feedback on using pay data26 hours tutorial preparation30 hours assessment preparation70 hours independent study
1: Exercise weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
1000 word analysis of official pay statisticsStudents will be directed to the official statistics on pay and will be set questions that require an analysis of employment relations.2: Essay weighted 70%
2000 word essayEssay will require students to demonstrate a broad understanding of the module content on pay structure and pay determination.