Managing Conflict in Global Workplaces

Subject IBUS30003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

325-231 Managing Conflict in the Workplace or 325-201 Organisational Behaviour or 325-209 Human Resource Management or 100-186 Globalisation or 100-188 Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Prof Christina Cregan


Subject Overview:

This subject provides an alternative view of the globalised workplace. Its theme is social justice. It compares the employment systems of different countries. In doing so, it attempts to identify and explain the different experiences of workers around the world by examining how employment systems have evolved and how different nations deal with the same problems. Countries that may be studied include the United States, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. Issues that may be considered include refugees, outworking, child labour and trade union decline.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject, you should be able to:
  • Explain the industrial relations systems of several nations
  • Compare the character of common international workplace features
  • Analyse the situation of disadvantaged groups in the labour market in the context of the rise of the multinational corporation.

A 2-hour examination (60%) and assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words (40%).

Prescribed Texts: A disk of readings is available from the lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; use of computer software; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies

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