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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title International Employee Relations
Module Code HR568
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eugene Hickland
Semester 2: Eugene Hickland
Autumn: Eugene Hickland
Module TeachersAurora Trif
Daryl Dart
Eugene Hickland
Katie Ann Bridget Clarke
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides students an insight into Irish Industrial Relations and a general appreciation of how it works. Additionally, it provides an understanding of the breadth and depth of the similarities and differences in the structure of international industrial relations in selected areas. This module will help students make sense of what is happening in the field of industrial relations and its interactions with an increasingly competitive business settings. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and contribute to class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the role of trade unions and employers’ associations in Ireland
2. Examine similarities and differences between national systems of industrial relations in liberal-market economies and in coordinated market economies
3. Assess the role and influence of international institutions in setting international labour standards
4. Analyse the convergence / divergence debate in international industrial relations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24One two hour weekly lecture
Group work36Class presentation on selected areas of industrial relations system
Independent Study70Private study
Total Workload: 130

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Industrial Relations in Ireland
Trade unions, employers' associations, collective barganing and social partnership.

Comparative / International Industrial Relations
Definitions and distinctions, Convergence or divergence and related industrial relations theories.

National Industrial Relations Frameworks
International trends in trade union membership; examine frameworks (employers, trade unions, governments, legislation, collective bargaining, dispute resolution) in selected countries.

International Industrial Relations Organisations
The International Lanour Organisation (ILO), International trade Union / employer confederations and federations (i.e. ICFTU, ETUC, Business Europe).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationAn examination of selected areas of the Industrial Relations System in two countries.30%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bamber, G.J. & Lansbury, R.D.: 2004, International and Comparative Employee Relations, 4th, Sage,
  • Morley, M.J., Gunnigle, P. & Collings, G.: 2006, Global Industrial relations, Routledge,
  • Croucher, R. & Cotton, E.: 2009, Global Unions Global Business, Middlesex University Press,
  • Erne, R.: 2008, European Unions: Labor's Quest for a Transnational Democracy, ILR Press (Cornell University Press),
Other Resources

5912, Lecture Handouts, J-K Barrett, 0, Class MateriaLS,
Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
MHRMMSc in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision23-MAY-11

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