SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N225536
Module Leader Ronnie Caddow
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Human Resource Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module aims to give students a critical understanding of contemporary employment relations specifically relevant regulation, institutions and actors. Contemporary themes of fairness, trust, conflict, engagement and exploitation in the workplace will underpin learning. Initially drawing from the UK regulatory context existing employment relations theory relating to both collective and individual employment relationships will be introduced to underpin discussion and knowledge transfer. The module will examine employment relations in a range of organisations in the public, private and third sectors and will compare and contrast workplaces that have a Trade Union representations. The module will introduce comparisons between and features of international employment relations systems and approaches. A feature that aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth is the study of exploitative employment relationships and fairness. Learners will have the opportunity to apply contemporary theory to a range of employment relationships and practice to develop a rich and critical view of work and employment.


Theory and context of Employment Relationships Contemporary Labour Market Trends Sources of Employment Legislation and Key Statute The parties in the Employment Relationship Employee Voice Conflict and Dispute Resolution Exploitative Employment Relationships

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1: Understand and critically evaluate competing approaches that contextualise developments in employment relations2: Understand and apply contemporary labour market trends and data specifically examining exploitative relationships.3: Understand the main sources of employment relations legislation and developments in alternative dispute resolution.4: Understand and critically evaluate the role of the parties that affect the management of employment relationships.5 : Understand evaluate contemporary developments in employee voice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The development of a broad base of knowledge and understanding of employment relations in national and international contexts underpins the LTAS for this module. The seminars will consist of tutor input and class discussion on a range of case studies and discussion questions to facilitate the development and application of learning in a range of workplace contexts. An extensive GCU learn site will be developed and will provide a comprehensive repository for supplementary reading including digitalised chapters of text, podcasts and links to relevant international employment relations resources, regulatory and legislative bodies. Industry experts including an employment solicitor and a representative from a regulatory body will deliver guest sessions. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission. Formative feedback is provided after the submission of the first assignment in week 6 Assessment Individual essay to embed knowledge of key Employment Relations Theory. Submitted in week 6. Weighted at 30% Individual essay based on a relevant case study that discusses rights and responsibilities in an international context. Submitted in assessment period.Weighted at 70%

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Bingham, C (2016) Employment Relations Fairness & Trust in the Workplace, Sage, London ( CORE TEXT) Bamber, G.J., Lansbury, R.D. and Wailes, N. (2016) International and comparative Employment Relations 6th Edition, London, Sage. Blyton, P. and Jenkins, J. (2007) Key Concepts in Work , London, Sage Lewis, D. and Sargeant, M. (2017) Employment Law The Essentials of 14th Edition, London, CIPD. Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell, K. (2013) The realities of Work 4th Edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan Rose, E. (2008) Employment Relations 3rd Edition, London, Prentice Hall Sargeant, B. (2013) Discrimination and the Law, Abingdon, Routledge. Taylor, S. and Emir, A. (2015) Employment Law an Introduction 4rd Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Torrington, D., Hall, L. and Taylor, S. (2017) Human Resource Management 10th Edition London, FT Prentice-Hall Willey, B.(2012) Employment Law in Context An Introduction for HR Professionals 4th Edition, London, Pearson Longman. (2nd Edition Available as E-Book) Journals: Employee Relations Work, Employment and Society Industrial Law Journal Human Resource Management Journal Online sources: Indicative Web Sites <> ACAS <> Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development <> Department for Business Innovation and Skills <> Equality and Human Rights Commission <> European Labour Law Network <> Gangmasters Licensing Authority <> International Labour Organisation <> Liberty <> United States department of labor <> xpert HR

Transferrable Skills

Critical Thinking and problem solving Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject Independent Working Group Working Presentation Skills Professional and Ethical Behaviour Adding value through compromise and co-operation Communication persuassion and interpersonal skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 35% Individual Essay 3000 words (week 15)
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Individual Essay 1000 words ( week 6)