Managing Conflict in Global Workplaces

Subject IBUS30003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self-directed study


One of the following:

MKTG20010 Managing Conflict in the Workplace (no longer offered)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Christina Cregan


Subject Overview:

This subject provides an alternative view of the globalised workplace. It examines why conflict occurs in the workplace and how conflict is managed by different agencies, such as the state, employers and unions. It attempts to identify and explain the manifestation of workplace conflict around the world, analysing how employment systems have evolved and how different nations deal with the same problems. Countries that may be studied include the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. Issues that may be considered include refugees and child labour.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

• Explain and critically evaluate major issues of workplace conflict in the global workplace.

• Analyse the main theories and evidence related to these issues.

• Suggest policies that might be put into place to help solve problems related to these issues.


A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%) and individual assignment(s) totalling not more than 4000 words due late in the semester (40%).

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be made available on LMS.

Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be developed through seminar discussion and individual research;
  • Communication skills and collaborative learning, which should be developed through oral presentations;
  • The ability to apply theory to practice, which should be enhanced by developing policies to solve issue-related problems;
  • Synthesis and evaluation of information, which should be fostered by adopting both pragmatic and critical approaches towards policy development.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Managing People

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