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Postgraduate Course: Managing Employment Relations (CMSE11548)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course introduces the management of employment relations as the study and practice of managing power relations between various stakeholders. In particular, we will examine (a) the role that the state, employers and workers play in managing this relationship: i.e. how they impose power to advance their interests and the strategies they use to facilitate cooperation; and (b) various issues or phenomena through which ER is managed.
Course description The course offers a critical exploration of the roles and interaction of key actors/stakeholders in systems of employment relations, including the state, employers and workers and, contemporary economic and cultural developments affecting their current policy postures and priorities. Against this stakeholder backdrop, the course aims to develop an informed understanding of key organisational phenomena that impact employment relations (such as technology, equality and diversity, well-being, and conflict).

Students will gain:
- knowledge and understanding of the chief stakeholders and the operations of power within the employment relation
- the ability to critically discuss current approaches to conflict and cooperation in employment matters
- insight into the practical and conceptual significance of change processes currently affecting the conduct of employment relations
- knowledge of key structures and constructs through with the employment relationship may be manage
- the ability to discern and comment critically upon the chief economic and ideological premises driving government and managerial approaches to employment relations

Introduction to ER
The role of organisations
The role of the state
The role of worker collectives
The Future of work
The possibilities for Well-being in ER
The possibilities for Equality and Diversity in ER
The possibilities for Conflict in ER

Student learning experience:
Tutorial/seminar hours represent the minimum total live hours - online or in-person - a student can expect to receive on this course. These hours may be delivered in tutorial/seminar, lecture, workshop or other interactive whole class or small group format. These live hours may be supplemented by pre-recorded lecture material for students to engage with asynchronously.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 4«br /»
15% presentation (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 3«br /»
35% coursework (group) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5
Feedback Formative: Students have various opportunities of formative feedback: a) students may ask questions in, before and after lectures and workshops to assess their knowledge; b) the course also offers a lecture on oral assessment preparation and c) the course offers 4 hours of project support including 1-hour writing workshop; 1-hour revision as well as 4 x 30 min project supervisions
Summative: Summative feedback will be provided on all assessment.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the chief stakeholder and issues of employment relations
  2. evidence an understanding of how power is exercised, resisted and negotiated in the employment relation
  3. critically discuss current managerial and policy approaches towards key employment matters
  4. show insight into ethical and social considerations of employment relations issues and processes significance of change processes currently affecting the conduct of employment relations in the UK (and overseas)
  5. exercise autonomy and initiative in collaborative contexts, thereby learning the skills necessary to act as a responsible stakeholder and participant in the context of work and life
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable and responsible business solutions to address social, economic and environmental global challenges.

Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve -learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.
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Course organiserDr Rashne Limki
Tel: (0131 6)51 2345
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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