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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course serves as an introduction to the employment relationship.  Students will learn the history of the field and how different employment relationships are established in different institutional, legal and national contexts.  The focus will be on the interactions of workers and employers and the factors that shape that relationship.  

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Keith Allen Bender

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Four key areas will be covered in the module:  1) the history of different types of employment relationships; 2) how the employment relationship can be modelled; 3) the importance of different forms of worker representation in the employment relationship (e.g. collective bargaining) and 4) comparing forms of employment relationships across countries.  These key topics will form the basis to discuss other aspects of the employment relationship, such as the legal frameworks that govern the employment relationship, different types of work systems, how the economy affects the relationship, etc.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x MCQ Tests (15% each)

1x 2000-word essay (60%)

Participation (10%) 


Resit: 2,500 word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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