Contemporary Employment Systems

Subject 325-650 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week (Semester 2).
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Human Resource Management or Master of Applied Commerce (HRM).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Associate Prof C Cregan
Subject Overview: The aim of this subject is to analyse employment systems in terms of the relationship between the three main actors in the employment relationship: employers, employees and the state. HRM, personnel management and simple systems will be characterised as configurations of employment practices that are established to deal with job design exigencies, control practices and legal obligations. The effect of a union presence in each situation will be examined.
Assessment: One 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%), and assignment(s) not exceeding 3000 words (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: To be advised.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Understand the purpose and operations of the contemporary employment relationship, the goals and activities of its principal parties, and the structural and institutional changes that have occurred in recent years;
  • Have knowledge and comprehension of the main theories, models and constructs related to the employment relationship;
  • Be capable of analysing and synthesising these theories and evaluating their usefulness in explaining different employment systems.

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • The ability to apply theories, models and frameworks to understanding employment systems in the real world;
  • Analytical and interpretive skills, which should have been developed by class discussions and case studies;
  • Research skills involving the use of written and electronic sources and other forms of data and information;
  • Understanding of a range of analytical approaches to critically evaluate complex arguments;
  • The ability to evaluate, interpret and present independent points of view in oral and written communication.
Related Course(s): Master Of Applied Commerce (Management)
Master Of Applied Commerce (Management)
Master of Applied Commerce (Human Resource Management)
Master of Applied Commerce (Human Resource Management)
Master of Human Resource Management

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