HRM40590 Concepts in IR and HRM

Academic Year 2023/2024

This modules is designed to guide students towards an understanding of the major theoretical, practical and public policy debates in the field of employment relations. The module is organised around a series of themes including: conflict and cooperation; current debates in Human Resource Management; the dynamics of power and resistance in the workplace; corporate governance and employment relations; and the role of the legal and institutional framework in addressing both economic efficiency and social equity.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students should be able to: Identify and evaluate a range of perspectives on industrial relations and HRM; Describe and discuss the historical development and current context of industrial relations and HRM; Critically analyse contemporary debates in the areas examined; Display high-level critical thinking skills in written work and the ability to construct a sound argument based on a wide reading of the academic literature.

Indicative Module Content:

Assumptions of industrial relations
Development of HRM
Current Debates in HRM
Flexibility and labour market segmentation
Power and control
Institutional approaches to IR & HRM
Corporate governance and IR
Climate change, HRM and the Just Transition
Hard and soft law

Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: 2 hour closed book examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Group Project: Group presentation and report. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 16:30

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