MO33 International Labor Relations

Module Name
International Labor Relations
Module Code
Teun Wolters
Phase 2 related modules ( EM) or equivalent
This course will enable students to reflect on the significance of employment relations, their international dimensions with the aid of modern conceptual frameworks.
  • 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
Instruction / Study Load


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:

  • 455 pages easy reading and understanding material – 65 hours


  • Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
  • Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
  • Easy reading and understanding  material – 7 pages per hour

Total 140 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers 8, 11, and 18
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Discussion sessions
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Compulsory See the EEG for further reference.
Testing and assessment
Written Examination (1)
European Credits
Required literature
  • 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.


Articles and Journals related to the module are to be published on the Module Online Area