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Critically examine the role of the State (government) as an actor in employment relations.

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Task Details/Description:

Students are expected to write an essay not exceeding 3000 words on the given essay topic.

Module Learning Outcomes Assessed:

1. Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts, theories and perspectives of employee relations
2. Critically evaluate the impact of local, national and global contexts shaping employee relations.
3. Examine the roles and functions of different groups or stakeholders in employment relationship

Presentation Requirements:

Word Count: 3000

Font Size: 12

Line Spacing: Double

The word count includes citations within the main body of your essay. However, it excludes the list of bibliographic references at the end of your essay, any tables and graphs.

Submission Date & Time:

Monday 5 December 2016 by 12 noon.

Assessment Weighting for the Module:

Percentage: 100%

Assessment Criteria

Ability to engage in a critical review of relevant literature
Demonstrate wider reading and ability to engage in independent research which goes beyond lecture materials.
Ability to think laterally across topics covered on this module to answer the essay question
Argue analytically, logically and coherently.
Wherever possible, support arguments with evidence from published sources
Cite and/or quote sources of information appropriately in the main body of the essay. Provide full list of bibliographic references at the end of the essay.

Ethical Requirements

Students are not expected to collect primary data for this essay. However, if they choose to do so, they will be required to follow the University’s ethical regulations and seek written approval from the tutor.

Essential Reading for Coursework Task
(if in addition to reading provided in the module outline):

Please note that this is not intended as an exhaustive or definitive list of readings for this piece of coursework. Instead, the articles/chapters listed below should be viewed as core or essential readings that may act as a start point as you prepare to tackle this assignment:

Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2013) ‘Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy’ Routledge, London and New York

Williams, S. (2014) ‘Introducing Employment Relations – A Critical Approach’, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Dundon, T. and Rollinson, D. (2011), ‘Understanding Employment Relations’ 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, England.

Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2004) ‘Varieties of Unionism – Strategies of Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy’ Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Badigannavar,V. and Kelly, J. (2012) ‘Do Labour Laws Protect Labour in India? Union experiences of workplace employment regulations in Maharashtra, India’ Industrial Law Journal vol.49 (4): 439-470

Badigannavar, V. and Kelly, J. (2005) ‘Why are some union organizing campaigns more successful than others?’ British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 43(3): 515-535

Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2011-12.

Website of the Trades Union Congress UK

Website of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Website of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

China Labour Bulletin

Solidarity Federation

European Trade Union Confederation

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Involvement and participation association of UK

Institute of Directors

Institute of Employment Rights

This is not an exhaustive list of readings or internet sources. Please do your own independent research in addition to the readings & information sources listed above

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