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.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge


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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INR510 in Session 1 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 %
Conceptual foundations
Comparative analysis 1
Comparative analysis 2

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.