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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - 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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Gahan


This unit provides an introduction to the study of work and employment relations in
a changing and dynamic environment. The unit aims to provide students with an
understanding of the conceptual foundations of employment relations, the key
elements of an industrial relations system, and the dynamics of employment
relations in the Australian context. Topics covered include: the individual and the
employment relationship, the structure and dynamic of labour markets, the
management of employment relations in different industry and workplace contexts,
the organisation of work, bargaining and conflict, the role of unions, institutions and
the relation of employment relations, and the economic and social consequences of
different national systems of employment relations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the conceptual foundations of work and employment relations
  2. apply these concepts to developments within the Australian system of employment relations in comparative context
  3. describe the main institutional features and key developments in the Australian industrial and workplace relations system
  4. identify the implications of these developments for labour management practices, employee voice and participation in the workplace and representative organisations of employers and employees
  5. understand the potential effects of institutions governing work and employment relations using workplace and industry case studies.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Gahan

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0105, 0319, 2099, 2778, 1065, 3801, 1506, 2643, 2642, 0200, 0201, 0028 or 1822 or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.