School of Business and Management

Employment Relations (BUS320)

Semester: B
Level: 6
Module code: BUS320
Module organiser: Dr Maria Koumenta

Module Overview

The module aims to provide a critical understanding of the employment relations field of study, give insight into relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches and provide a sound knowledge base.

The module content will include:

  • theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of employment
    relations; the role of history in shaping contemporary employment relations; power, conflict and the nature of the employment relationship.
  • the role of the key actors in employment relations (trade unions,
    employer, the state);
  • the processes of employment relations in union and non-union firms:
    employer strategies; collective bargaining; employee involvement, social partnership and industrial democracy; dispute resolution, grievance and disciplinary procedures;
  • employment relations and the equality project;
  • employment relations from a comparative perspective: convergence and divergence; employment relations across national boundaries.

Indicative Reading List

  • Introducing Employment Relations, Williams, S. (2014) Oxford University Press. (3rd edition)


  • Examination 70%
  • Coursework 30%