Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Anne Bardoel


The purpose of this unit is to examine and debate the critical challenges facing individuals, families, and employers in managing work, family and life. It seeks to identify linkages between individuals, families, work environments, and society by studying the research that explores this interdependence. Implications of a number of radical changes (eg: increasing demographic and cultural diversity, greater emphasis on lifestyle balance by employed men and women, and changes in the way work is structured) on these linkages will be examined. Topics studied include work-family conflict, organisational work-life policies and programs, legal and business issues concerning work-life.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and analyse the separation of work, family and personal life from a historical perspective
  2. identify the social and demographic changes of recent decades that have altered the once established dynamics of work, family and personal life
  3. analyse how gender, class, and culture affects work/life linkages
  4. identify the issues regarding the business and legal case for work-life initiatives
  5. identify and analyse workplace and government policy initiatives aimed at helping individuals manage work, family and life roles.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must have passed one of the following: MGF5921, MGX9221, MGX5960, MGX9600, MGX5962, MGX9602, MGX5985, MGX9850, MGF5300 or MGX5300. Otherwise Chief Examiner's approval is required.