Employment Relations

Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 16 hours, 3 credits
Course Assessment: Coursework + Exam


This course is addressed to those students who wish to enhance their knowledge in the area of Human Resource Management and in particular on employment relationships and dynamics within the workplace. Among others, the course focuses on employment relationships, the conflict that might emerge within organizations, the impact of globalization on employee relationships, international and diverse work environments, the dynamics that shape the new employment contract.

Learning Outcomes

During the course students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the basic principles of human resource management with an emphasis on the relationship between top management and employees
  • Understand the basic employee relations and how these are shaped within the global environment
  • Understand basic demographic, economic, technological and social factors and the trends shaped in the market 
  • Understand the role of human resource management within organizations
  • Understand and apply basic performance evaluation indicators
  • Manage and handle conflict in the workplace
  • Understand basic types of effective management and leadership styles
  • Develop negotiation and communication skills
  • Understand the process of hiring and promotion within the work environment
  • Balance work and family life more effectively


  • Employee relations and the employment relationship
  • The nature of work
  • Globalization, multinational corporations and employee relations
  • Demography, labour force and market characteristics and trends
  • Trade unions
  • Supply chains and production activities
  • Resolving conflict within the workplace
  • Managing employee relations
  • Employee relations processes
  • Employee relations procedures
  • The new employment contract
  • Flexibility in the workplace
  • Absenteeism
  • Balancing family and work life