Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (2018)

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 LABST100, STMGT191, LABST201, EDSOC231, LABST300, HRMGT3X2, PSYCH307, 15 points from HRMGT2X2/3X6 and HRMGT2X3, and 15 points from EDSOC330, HRMGT3X3, HRMGT3X4, HRMGT3X5, LABST301, and LEGAL420.

To complete IR&HRM as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including LABST100, STMGT1X1, LABST201, EDSOC231, LABST300, 15 points from HRMGT3X6 and PSYCH307, 15 points from HRMGT2X2/3XY and HRMGT2X3, and 15 points from EDSOC330, HRMGT3X3, HRMGT3X4, HRMGT3X5, LABST301 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 HRMGT2X2/3XY and HRMGT3X6, and 15 points from LABST201, LABST300 and EDSOC231.

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

Note: Students who commenced a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Science 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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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    LABST100Work, Employment and Society18A (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.
    STMGT101Introduction to Management18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults18A (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 Management18A (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 Reward18B (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.
    LABST201Employment Relations in New Zealand18A (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
    FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    HRMG342Human Resource Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper studies the management of organisations' most valuable asset, their people. It uses latest research to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance, within ever changing economic and social contexts. Together we will explore the huma...
    HRMG343Business Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HRMG374Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
    A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
    LBST301Globalisation and International Development18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the impact of globalisation on labour across both developed and developing countries. Assignments focus on the application of comparative methods.
    LBST331Education, Skill and Employment18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis.
    PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
    PSYC317Organisational Psychology18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The application of psychological theories and research to job-related and organisational issues.
  • 400 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HRMG474Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
    A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
    LEGAL420Employment Law18B (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 insitutions.
  • 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 LBST201 and HRMG342. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include LBST201, PCSS231, HRMG342 and LBST331.

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

  • Graduate Study

    Students who major in IR&HRM and who have adequate grades may undertake interdisciplinary graduate programmes in the broad area of IR&HRM by enrolling in a PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt), or BSocSc(Hons) or MSocSc in Labour Studies and completing a IR&HRM specialisation.

    See Labour Studies for admission requirements.

    To complete the IR&HRM specialisation within the PGCert(LabSt), PGDip(LabSt) or BSSocSc(Hons), students must complete 120 points at 500 level comprising LBST531, LBST532 and LBST591, 30 points from HRMG543, HRMG544, HRMG545 or HRMG574 and 30 points from LBST541, LBST542, PCSS530, PSYC571, PSYC572, PSYC573, PSYC579 and PSYC585.

    To complete the IR&HRM specialisation within the MSocSc in Labour Studies, students must complete 180 points at 500 level comprising LBST531, LBST532, LBST592, SSRP503, SSRP504, 30 points from HRMG543, HRMG544, HRMG545 or HRMG574 and 30 points from LBST541, LBST542, PCSS530, PSYC571, PSYC572, PSYC573, PSYC579 and PSYC585.

    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.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HRMG543Pay and Performance ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HRMG544Human Resource Management Strategy18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with the opportunity to evaluate and discuss the latest research in human resource management strategy. This focus is on examining theories of internal fit, which address how and why human resource practices link together to increase business performance, and external fit, which address how and why huma...
    HRMG545Employment RelationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HRMG574Women and Organisations18B (Hamilton)
    In this paper we examine the contribution of feminist research to our understanding of women and management. Two themes pervade the paper. We examine the management of women (by women or men). This entails a critical analysis of the experiences of women both in and out of employment. We also examine the experiences of women who asp...
    LBST531Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework18A (Hamilton)
    Students will be expected to analyse and to discuss the Employment Relations Act in its social and economic context and also to focus on specific issues such as good faith bargaining.
    LBST532Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices18B (Hamilton)
    The paper is concerned with a number of topics of contemporary relevance to New Zealand employment relations, and in particular issues of labour market flexibility, employment equity, employee participation, employee health and safety and workplace privacy.
    LBST541Labour, Education and Training 1: Issues and Policies18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores issues related to the restructuring of tertiary education in New Zealand. Students will gain a thorough understanding of current issues in adult education and training and become familiar with a wide range of contemporary policy documents.
    LBST542Labour, Education and Training 2: Applied Research ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    LBST591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    LBST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    PCSS530Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education18B (Hamilton)
    This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.
    PSYC571Psychology of Careers18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to vocational psychology including the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, assessment and practice of career development and management. Students will apply career development theory and practice to the development of their own career portfolio.
    PSYC572Personnel Selection18A (Hamilton)
    This paper blends personnel selection theory, research and practice, including job analysis and the most prevalent selection methods: interviews, references, application blanks, paper and pencil tests, assessment centres and work samples. This course is particularly relevant for students interested in organisational psychology, and...
    PSYC573Training and Development18A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. This paper is particularly relevant for student interested in organisational psychology, as well as those interested in developing training or workshop-based interventions to improve professionals' knowledge, skills or work behaviour.
    PSYC579Advances in Organisational Psychology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines theoretical and empirical issues concerning the psychology of work behaviour in organisations. Students evaluate the application of psychological theory and research to behaviour in organizations and develop a critical awareness of psychological contributions to the study of organisations.
    PSYC585Leading Organisation Development18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the processes and outcomes of organisational change management, and the knowledge and skills required of organisational psychologists who function as organisational consultants.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 10 November 2017 1:31pm

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