Policies and Issues in HRM and ER

Subject MGMT90014 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance

Prerequisites: None


Recommended Background Knowledge:


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.

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Prof Christina Cregan


Semester 2: ccregan@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject investigates HRM and ER issues of pressing concern in the contemporary global context and discusses policies that might be put into place by practitioners and governments. Lectures are conducted by a seminar approach in which students are invited to participate in the development of ideas and arguments. Visual documentary material is presented throughout the course to illustrate topics under consideration. The course deals with problems that may include the following: how to put into practice effective policies of workplace social inclusion for people with disabilities; how to establish effective employee consultation; how to break down persistent barriers to women in their career progression; how to put into practice the ethical codes of conduct of multinationals such as Nike and Gap.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Explain and critically evaluate major issues of pressing concern in the contemporary global workplace;
  • Analyse the main theories and evidence related to these issues; and
  • Suggest policies that might be put into place to help solve problems related to these issues.

  • 2 hour examination. Due end-of-semester (50%); and
  • 3000 word individual assignment due in weeks 10-12 (50%).
Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be made available on LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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; and
  • Synthesis and evaluation of information, which should be fostered by adopting both pragmatic and critical approaches towards policy development.
Related Course(s): Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of International Business electives

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