What you will study
In the first half of this module you'll examine what we mean by employment relations and how the different contexts in which organisations operate will shape the decisions they make about HR policy and practice. This includes the influence of different regulatory regimes and of different forms of work and employment and you'll also look in depth at the social, political and economic changes that are transforming organisations and indeed the whole world of work.
In the second half you'll consider how these ideas can be applied to the practice area of employee relations and engagement. You'll also consider how effective employment relations support a positive organisational environment and affect performance and conflict. Finally, you'll explore the important question of how to evaluate HR policies – that is, how to find out what really works and what does not.
Throughout this module you'll be asked to relate your study of theory to practice in organisations which you know well. This may mean drawing on your own experience of organisations, as an employee, or perhaps as a volunteer, for example. You will also be offered case studies and will be encouraged to do your own research using the university’s online library. There will be a day school towards the middle of the module and four online tutorials to support you in your studies.
You'll develop and practise a number of skills, including postgraduate study skills and digital literacy skills, and you will develop skills in strategy development, talent management, recruitment and selection and helping others to learn. You'll continue to develop as a reflective practitioner, planning your skill development and keeping a record of your plans.