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Employment Relations - MAN00037H

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Tony Royle
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module examines the fundamental of the British employment relations system. More specifically, it considers how the changing context of employment has impacted upon the system. It then examines changes to the key parties that help regulate the employment relationship (State, employers and trade unions) and the development of other forms of employee involvement; processes such as collective bargaining and conflict resolution; and outcomes such as working time and the living wage.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the nature of contemporary work and employment.
  • Evaluate the structures, processes, and outcomes of collective bargaining between employee representatives and managers.
  • Understand contemporary developments in employment relationships, including innovative forms of employee involvement and remuneration.
  • Understand the role of legal regulation in contemporary employment relations


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Individual Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Module assessment reports to students are written by the module leader for all assessments (open and closed) and placed on the VLE after the Board of Examiners has received the module marks.

Additionally, for open assignments students are given individual written feedback via The York Management School assignment feedback form. The feedback form provides guidance on key areas for focusing upon improvements for future assessments, and ties module specific learning outcomes to marking criteria. This form is normally provided after the relevant Part A and Part B Board of Examiners meeting. However, if a module has more than one assessment element feedback on earlier submissions is released as soon as possible after marking of the assignment element.

Indicative reading

Dundan, T. and Rollinson, D (2011) Understanding Employment Relations. McGrawHill Education

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