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WORK1003: Foundations of Work and Employment

This unit draws on concepts from industrial relations and human resource management to examine the interests and strategies of workers, unions, managers, employers and the state. It explores the relationships between these parties as they seek to manage their environments and workplaces and to exercise control over each other. The unit enables students to understand how and why the organisation, regulation and management of work are changing in Australia and globally. As well as providing an introduction to all aspects of the study of the employment relationship, this a foundation unit the industrial relations and human resource management and management majors.

Code WORK1003
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. define and explain key terms in employment relations
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of approaches to employment relations in the Australian context and identify the strategies of the major institutional ‘parties’ in employment relations
  • LO3. explain the economic and political context in which employment relationships develop
  • LO4. explain current issues in employment relations, as reported in the media and in public policy debates, and their implications for managers, organisations, employees, and other employment relations parties
  • LO5. demonstrate the analytical skills and the ability to read and write in a critical and academically-appropriate fashion
  • LO6. work effectively as a part of a group to better understand the ‘world of work’
  • LO7. locate relevant and current reading, data, and research.