Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (2020)

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR&HRM) is an interdisciplinary subject designed to prepare students for careers in the broad, ever-changing field of employment relations, human resource management, workplace change, and education and training. The subject also prepares students well for graduate studies. This is achieved by bringing together relevant papers from Education Studies, Human Resource Management, Labour Studies and Psychology.

IR&HRM is available as a major for the Bachelor of Social Sciences. IR&HRM may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete IR&HRM as a single major, students must gain 135 points including WKEMP100, STMGT101, WKEMP201, EDSOC202, WKEMP300, HRMGT302, PSYCH317, 15 points from HRMGT202 and HRMGT203, and 15 points from EDSOC330, HRMGT303, HRMGT304, HRMGT305, SOCIO302, and LEGAL420.

To complete IR&HRM as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including WKEMP100, STMGT101, WKEMP201, EDSOC202, WKEMP300, 15 points from HRMGT306 and PSYCH317, 15 points from HRMGT202 and HRMGT203, and 15 points from EDSOC330, HRMGT303, HRMGT304, HRMGT305, SOCIO302 and LEGAL420.

To complete a minor in IR&HRM, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the IR&HRM major, including 15 points from HRMGT202 and HRMGT306, and 15 points from WKEMP201, WKEMP300 and EDSOC202.

Enquiries about undergraduate, diploma and graduate studies in IR&HRM should be directed to the Programme Convenor.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management in 2020. Students enrolled in 2019 or previously should consult the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Office for programme advice. Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management papers above 200 level.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(IR&HRM) and GradDip(IR&HRM)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Certificate must include WKEMP201 and HRMGT306. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include WKEMP201, EDSOC202, HRMGT306 and WKEMP300.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Graduate Study

    To complete the IR&HRM specialisation within the PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt) or BSSocSc(Hons), students must complete 120 points at 500 level comprising SOCPY531, SOCPY532 and SOCPY591, 30 points from HRMGT543, HRMGT544, HRMGT545 or HRMGT574 and 30 points from LBST541, LBST542, ADLNG500, PSYCH571, PSYCH572, PSYCH573, PSYCH579 and PSYCH585.

    To complete the IR&HRM specialisation within the MSocSc in Labour Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level comprising SOCPY531, SOCPY532, SOCPY592, SSRP503, SSRP504, 30 points from HRMGT543, HRMGT544, HRMGT545 or HRMGT574 and 30 points from LBST541, LBST542, ADLNG500, PSYCH571, PSYCH572, PSYCH573, PSYCH579 and PSYCH585.

    Students wishing to specialise in IR&HRM at graduate level may enrol in the IR&HRM specialisation within the PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt) or BSocSc(Hons) in Labour Studies. The requirements for the specialisation are prescribed in the FASS Graduate Handbook or may be obtained from the Programme Convenor for IR&HRM.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    STMGT101Introduction to Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.
    WKEMP100Work, Employment and Society20B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on the interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults20A (Hamilton)
    This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
    HRMGT202Human Resource Management20A (Hamilton)
    Employees can be challenging. This paper uses latest HRM research and practice to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance.
    HRMGT203Remuneration and Reward20B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students an understanding of a range of pay practices and how and when each of these can influence employee behaviour and human capital to affect organisational performance.
    WKEMP201Employment Relations in New Zealand20A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the employment relations legislation and its impact on employers, unions and workers. Other issues considered include occupational health and safety, industrial training and practice of employment relations
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC302Adults Learning for Life20B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the character of adult learning including analysis of social issues in the field. It focusses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
    HRMGT300Women and Management20G (Hamilton)
    This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.
    HRMGT302Human Resource Management in Legal Context20A (Hamilton)
    This paper addresses the role of employment law in human resource management. A case-oriented approach is taken to equip management practitioners with practical skills.
    HRMGT303Strategic Human Resource Management20B (Hamilton)
    This paper teaches students how HR practices can be combined to influence human capital and/or employee behaviour to improve an organisation's performance and implement its strategy.
    HRMGT304Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion20B (Hamilton)
    New Zealand's workforce demographic profile has changed significantly due to an ageing workforce, women entering paid employment, and immigration. This paper analyses the HRM implications of this diversity.
    PSYCH317Organisational Psychology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This course offers a general introduction to the psychology of work and organisational behaviour.
    SOCIO302Globalisation and International Development20B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the impact of globalisation on both developed and developing countries. Special focus is placed on the labour-capital relation. Applied methods of comparative analysis are also introduced.
    WKEMP300Education, Skill and Employment20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on policy and practice in the field of paid work, education and training. This encapsulates tertiary education a field that includes: adult and community education; higher education; vocational education and training; human resource development; and workplace learning.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL420Employment Law20B (Hamilton)
    This course is a practical survey of employment law in New Zealand. It examines the formation, operation, and termination of the employment relationship as well as personal grievances, remedies and the employment institutions.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 August 2019 9:46am

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