INR501 Industrial Relations Environment (8)


This subject locates the Australian employment relations system within contemporary economic and political contexts and debates. Amidst the tensions and challenges of globalisation, the subject examines the perspectives of major stakeholder groups relating to the purpose, design and outcomes of the Australian employment relations system.

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Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse contemporary issues and debates in Australian employment relations, in the context of global economic developments;
  • be able to critically evaluate stakeholder perspectives relating to the purpose, design, and outcomes of the Australian employment relations system;
  • be able to reflect on the contribution of the Australian employment relations system to business and economic sustainability; and
  • be able to synthesise and critically evaluate academic literature, and apply scholarly methods to address real-world problems.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The scope of employment relations
  • Thinking critically about employment relations
  • Australia's competitive position
  • Australia's labour markets and competitiveness
  • Non-economic goals in employment relations
  • Management perspectives
  • Trade union perspectives
  • The State and employment relations
  • Other actors
  • Employment relations policy evaluation


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.