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Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

Major

In a complex and interconnected world, the nature of work is rapidly changing, and so is the regulation, reward and negotiation of employment. Our Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR and HRM) major will equip you with the knowledge to build a career in the 'people' function in organisations, workplace relations, organisational change and public policy.

Businesses and employees, consultants, managers and policymakers need a sound understanding of the forces shaping workplaces and of relationships among employees and external stakeholders.

Our major gives a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the employment relationship, incorporating the study of labour law, human resource management, industrial relations policy and international human resources from a global perspective.

You will learn about two interconnected strands in IR and HRM: the people and processes within an organisation in both national and international contexts, and the theory and practice of institutional relationships between employers, employees, government, unions and other regulatory bodies.

Our academics are all active researchers who contribute to business and public policy debates, publish widely in national and international forums and attract major research funding. You will learn from highly regarded researchers who are well connected with the fields of work, business and policy.

The IR and HRM major is professionally accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

About this major

The Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major requires a student to complete 48 credit points in units of study, as follows:

(1) two 1000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • Foundations of Management 
  • Foundations of Work and Employment

(2) two 2000-level core units of study (12 credit points):

  • HR Processes and Strategies
  • IR Policy and Processes 

(3) one 3000-level core unit of study (6 credit points):

  • IR and HRM in Practice

(4) three 3000-level selective units of study (18 credit points) selected from the following:

  • Business Intelligence for Managers
  • Ethical International Business Decisions
  • Future of Work 
  • International Human Resource Management 
  • Managing Diversity at Work 
  • Regulation at Work.

For unit availability please refer to the "Units of study in this major" section below.

Students also have the option of completing a minor in this subject area.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates can be found in a variety of roles such as:

  • Human resources coordinator
  • People and change consultant
  • Diversity consultant
  • Policy analyst
  • Industrial officer
  • Employer branding consultant

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Career pathways

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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