Employee Relations

HRM60013 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal, political and industrial framework of Employee Relations in Australia and within a selected group of our international trading partners. The unit develops the student’s appreciation of both the academic and practical application of the influences that govern the employment relationship and examines the roles of employees, employers, trade unions and governments in the employment process. It discusses the impact of economics conditions and of social, political and structural business transformation on rapidly changing contemporary workplace environments, using relevant theoretical approaches and historical analysis.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1 Demonstrate advanced and coherent knowledge of the legislation related to Human Resource Management and its application in interpretation.
2 Critically evaluate a range of workplace situations with regards to the industrial relations implications and make recommendations for how they may be resolved.
3 Critically analyse both sides of an industrial relations dispute giving clear rationale for the justifications of each side of the argument.
4 Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.