INR501 Industrial Relations in Context (8)

This subject locates the Australian employment relations systems 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 systems.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INR501. 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

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 systems;
  • be able to reflect on the contribution of the Australian employment relations systems to business, economic and social sustainability; and
  • be able to synthesise and critically evaluate academic literature, and apply scholarly methods to address real-world problems.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INR501 in Session 1 2020. 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 on contemporary issues
Peer engagement

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.