Short Title:Industrial Relations and the Regulation of Conflict
Full Title:Industrial Relations and the Regulation of Conflict
Module Code:H6IRRC
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Industrial Relations/Working Life
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: 
Module editor:BRONWYN MCFARLANE
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of study in industrial relations, its importance in working life, and the role played by trade unions in collective bargaining. Students will explore the cause of industrial conflict, and the institutions that regulate it, as well as the main approaches to collective bargaining.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 LO 5. Identify the main approaches to the conduct of collective negotiations and the factors determining choice of approach, and demonstrate how these may be applied in practice
LO2 LO 6. Describe the main causes and types of industrial conflict, and assess its changing pattern
LO3 LO 7. Analyse the competing claims of commitment and compliance in the workplace, and describe the impact of EU level regulation on consultation and of the influence of MNCs on social dialogue
LO4 Demonstrate understanding of the main components in the field of study, and show how these are reflected in differing approaches to job regulation
LO5 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts in the field of industrial relations
LO6 Describe the development, purpose, and functions of trade unions
LO7 Define collective bargaining and describe its development in Ireland. Describe the institutional framework of dispute resolution and analyse its impact on the conduct of industrial relations
LO8 Identify the main approaches to the conduct of collective negotiations and the factors determining choice of approach, and demonstrate how these may be applied in practice
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Co-requisites

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content %
The field of study: why industrial relations?
Main definitions Connection with working life What management wants What labour wants
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Trade unions and the employment relationship
The employment contract and conflict Methods of regulation What is a trade union, and what is union purpose? Trade union methods
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Introduction to collective bargaining
What is collective bargaining? Coverage and scope in Ireland Trade union recognition Centralised bargaining and Social partnership
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Perspectives on industrial relations
Industrial relations and the ‘worker problem’ Frames of reference and perspectives on industrial relations The unitary and pluralist perspectives Radical and Marxist perspectives
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The institutional framework of industrial relations
Employers and employers associations The Industrial Relations Act of 1990 – the regulation and resolution of industrial conflict Industrial relations in the public sector
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The bargaining process
Choices in relation to bargaining and its level The range of approaches to bargaining Factors affecting the choice of bargaining approaches by unions and employers Integrative and distributive bargaining Preparation for bargaining
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Conflict and industrial relations
Perspectives on industrial conflict Causes of industrial conflict Conduct of industrial conflict Changing patterns of industrial conflict
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The impact of HRM and new forms of work organisation
Compliance and cooperation in the workplace The ‘flexible firm’ TQM and lean production Fostering commitment
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The impact of EU regulation on workplace representation
Social dialogue and EU level regulation Directives on workplace representation The impact of MNCs on social dialogue
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Teaching methodology
The learning strategy involves the use of lectures, case studies and class discussions as appropriate. Students will also have access to web based support.
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Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration Mandatory
Assignment n/a 1,2 40.00 0 0 n/a 0 False
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration Mandatory
Terminal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4,5,6,7,8 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0 False
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 1.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • WALLACE, J., P. GUNNIGLE and G. MCMAHON 2004. Industrial Relations in Ireland 3rd edition, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin., na
  • FOX A 1966 Industrial Sociology And Industrial Relations, HMSO (part one only), na
Supplementary Book Resources
  • SALAMON, M. 2000. Industrial Relations: Theory & Practice 4th ed. Financial Times Prentice Hall: Harlow, na
  • BURCHILL, F (2008) Labour Relations 3rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, na
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Journal: Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Website: Industrial Relations News – as appropriate
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BAHRM BA in Human Resource Management 4 Mandatory
BAHIRH BA(Hons) in Industrial Relations and HRM 1 Mandatory