INR510 Comparative Labour Relations (8)


This subject examines the employment relations systems of a collection of developed and developing countries. A key focus of comparative study is to gain insights into the strengths and limitations of different institutional arrangements, as well as to inform professional practice in a globally-interdependent world. Countries studied will vary according to contemporary issues.

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Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect on the application of a comparative method in studying employment relations systems;
  • be able to analyse the employment relations systems of selected countries, with reference to current issues in global business;
  • be able to apply industrial relations theory to analyse patterns of convergence and divergence in national employment relations systems; and
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to prepare analytical, evidence-based argument in academic and business settings.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Challenges of comparative study
  • Theoretical frameworks for comparative study of employment relations systems
  • Industrial relations in Great Britian
  • Industrial relations in the United States of America
  • Industrial relations in Germany
  • Industrial relations in Japan
  • Industrial relations in China
  • Industrial relations in India
  • Comparative lessons


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.