- To understand how specific nations have institutionalized their employment relations, including the role of unions and employee representatives in business organisations
- To be able to lay a link between international economic and political developments and changing employment relations
- To understand how the dynamics of employment relations influence company policies
- To understand how the social dimensions of sustainable development influence visions of work and the creation of decent work opportunities.
- What is the Employment Relation?
- Introduction to International and comparative employment relations
- Employment relations in Britain
- Employment relations in the United States
- Employment relations in Germany
- Employment relations in China
- Employment relations in India
- Employment and income implications of a move to a green economy
- Opportunities for green jobs in agriculture
- Opportunities for green jobs in the energy sector
- Opportunities for green jobs in the manufacturing sector
- The worldwide increase in agency work and union objections against it
- The phenomenon of International Framework Agreements
24 Lesson hours
8 Preparation Lesson hours
20 Assignments / Homework hours
20 Exam and exam preparation hours
3 seminar hours
65 Literature ( Depending on the length and difficulty of the book ) hours
The course uses 455 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:
Total 140 Hours
- Classroom lecturing
- Case study discussions
- Discussion sessions
Greg J. Bamber et al. (2011), “International and Comparative Employment Relations.
Globalisation and Change”, 5th Edition, Sage Publications, London etc. ISBN 978-1-
84920-723-2. Chapters 1,2,3,8,10,12 and 13.
P. Edwards (2007), “Industrial Relations”, 2nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 978
0631 222 583. Chapter 1. Extended summary are available.
T. Colling and M. Terry (2010), “Industrial Relations”. 3rd Edition, Wiley. Chapters 1, 2
and 3. Extended summaries are available.
ILO (2012), “Working Towards Sustainable development. Opportunities for decent
work and social inclusion in a green economy” ILO, Geneva. Chapters 1, 2, 5 and 6
(available in electronic form only).
Additional notes provided during the lessons.
IndustriALL Global Union (2012), “The Triangular Trap. Unions take action against
agency labour (available in electronic form only) (21 pages)
M. Fichter et al. (2012), “Globalising Labour Relations. On track with Framework
Agreements?”, Berlin (Germany): Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (12 pages)
A. Cardoso and J. Gindin (2009), “Industrial Relations and collective bargaining:
Argentina, Brazil and Mexico compared”, Working Paper No. 5., ILO Geneva
(available in electronic form only)
Articles and Journals related to the module are to be published on the Module Online Area