In this course, you will explore the employment relations in different countries, specifically in the context of the European Union. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

-        Go beyond basic assumptions and stereotypes on employment relations in different national contexts;

-        Identify and account for similarities and differences across countries in employment relations;

-        Analyse the interactions between specific company practices or employment relations problems and the wider environment;

-        Understand the articulation and interaction between different levels of employment relations.


The final aim is to develop your understanding of national and European employment institutions and processes, and your capacity to analyse and influence change in your future organisation in its wider institutional context.

In addition, the course will develop your capacity to present an analysis in a clear, rigorous and stimulating way, and to interact positively with others.

Topics covered

-        Employment relations, industrial relations: definition and dimensions

-        Paradigms that explain national similarities or differences

-        Companies and institutions: employers and employer associations, trade unions, the State, collective bargaining

-        European industrial relations and its implications for company-level industrial relations