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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sandra Cockfield (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on employment relations issues, mainly in the Australian context. It includes an overview of the economic, legal and social elements of the employment relationship and the management of commitment and discontent in the workplace; the role of the parties: workers, employers, their collective organisations and the state; the processes of regulation: conciliation and arbitration, individual contracts, enterprise bargaining, negotiation; employment practises: pay, employment, work organisation and skill formation; international influences on employment relations; equity and justice in the workplace.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. apply ideas, concepts and theories to analyse employment relations in Australia
  2. utilise international perspectives on significant employment relations issues for evaluating employment relations in Australia
  3. identify and examine the relevant actors, institutions and processes and assess how they shape relations between management and workers a the workplace
  4. identify and examine different perspectives and value systems in employment relations and assess how they influence the strategies and policies of the various parties
  5. critically evaluate contemporary developments in employment relations at the international, national, industry and workplace levels
  6. demonstrate in the individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered in this unit.


On-campus: Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%
Off-campus: Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sandra Cockfield

Contact hours

3 hours per week


MGC2410, MGF2341, MGG2323