SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N609238
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The module develops the historical context and basic concepts of industrial relations in Britain as well as providing an introduction to modern industrial reltions theories and practices.


IDEOLOGY, POLITICS, THE ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONSThe importance of the historical context within which industrial relations has developed in Britain and how industrial relations has interacted with and influenced the wider social systemDEVELOPMENT OF THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENTGrowth of trade unionism, union structure, membership composition and sizeDEVELOPMENT OF EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONSGrowth Employers Associations, services provided, membership composition and size, relationships with trade unionsCHANGING ROLE OF MANAGREMENTThe right to manage, professionalisation of management, internationalisation of managementINDUSTRIAL CONFDLICTIntroduction to the causes of conflict, the incidence of strike activityCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND THIRD PARTY INTERVENTIONDevelopment, scope and content of collective bargaining ACAS structure and services of conciliation, mediation and aritrationTHE LAW AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONSEarly legal interventions and their outcomes, the voluntary system and its breakdown, recent changes in the lawTHE NEW INDUSTRIAL RELATIONSIntroduction to the flexible firm, the Japanese model, union avoidance and Human Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to: demonstrate a knowledge of the historical development of industrial relations in Britaindevelop an appreciation of the inter connections between the personal, institutional, economic, social and politcal factors in the world of work,be able to give presentations arising from work in groups

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of lectures, group work, student led seminars plus workshops given by industrial relations practitioners, and an industrial visit(s).

Indicative Reading

SALAMON, M Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice, Prentice Hall, 3rd Edition, 1998, Beardwell & Holden, Human Resources Management, Pitman, 1994

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 115.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 40.00 35% n/a
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 60.00 35% n/a