Foundations of Work and Employment (WORK1003)


This unit draws on concepts from industrial relations and human resource management to examine the interests and strategies of workers, unions, managers, employers and the state. It explores the relationships between these parties as they seek to manage their environments and workplaces and to exercise control over each other. The unit enables students to understand how and why the organisation, regulation and management of work are changing in Australia and globally. As well as providing an introduction to all aspects of the study of the employment relationship, this is the foundation unit for a major in industrial relations and human resource management.

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Online modules, 1x 1 hour lecture and 1x 1 hour tutorial hour per week


in class test (15%), essay (30%), tutorial participation (10%), tutorial leadership (15%), final exam (30%)

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This is the compulsory unit of study for the Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management major.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.