Industrial Relations Policy (WORK2203)


The aim of this unit of study is to provide an understanding of the institutions and processes engaged in the regulation of work and labour markets. At times of intense change and debate such as today, it becomes all the more important to develop understandings of industrial relations policy which are intellectually rigorous; that is, which are evidence-based, theoretically-explicit and historically-informed. This unit is framed by these considerations. Particular topics may include: the development of policy; the nature of regulation; state and federal government policies; arguments for change; the influence of lobby groups; employer and union strategy; work-family debates and policies; the working of tribunals and courts; dispute settling procedures; the development of wage determination; the outcomes and implications of policy change.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x 2 hour lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial hour per week


class participation (10%), tutorial presentation/facilitation (10%), essay/report (40%), final exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


24 credit points of Junior units of study including (WORK1003 or WORK1002)



Additional Information

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

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.

Cross-institutional study

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.