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 with the Australian context 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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge

HRM201 or INR210 

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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INR310 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Report - collective bargaining models
Report - industrial relations framework
Voice presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.