This course provides an introduction to comparative employment relations at the international, national and organisational levels. It considers the implications of globalisation, changing regulatory regimes and the transformation of the nature of work for labour management strategies and practices.


Course coordinator

Dr Simon Fry, Lecturer - School of Management

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the key theories and concepts of employment relations in a global context;
  • Compare, contrast and discuss employment relations models in European, Anglo-Saxon and Asian countries;
  • Critically analyse the implications of employment relations models in your own country and organisation; and
  • Research and discuss the influence of international stakeholders and institutions in employment relations at national and organisational levels.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.