INR310 Comparative Industrial Relations (8)


This subject is concerned with the structure and operation of industrial relations systems in different national contexts, such as Asia, Europe and the United States of America. A comparative approach is used to develop an understanding of the differences and similarities in industrial relations systems in different countries, and some of the factors that explain these differences.

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Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session.HD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge

INR210 Industrial relations in Australia

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the potential benefits, problems and pitfalls associated with the study of comparative industrial relations;
  • be able to investigate industrial relations arrangements and activity in a number of countries;
  • be able to evaluate the similarities and differences in industrial relations arrangements and activity between countries; and
  • be able to critically analyse Australian industrial relations system using the knowledge of comparative industrial relations gained in this subject.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the study of comparative industrial relations
  • A review of industrial relations history: A global context
  • The Australian scene: A review of IR in Australia
  • Industrial relations systems in a selection of countries in Asia, Europe and North America
  • Key comparative issues in IR, eg. minimum wages, paid maternity leave, welfare considerations


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.