Module 9 c - Industrial Relations, Labour and Human Rights in a Globalizing World (6 ECTS)

Aims of the module:

Topics covered in the course include in particular:

  1. Introduction to the rationales, content, institutions and regulatory frameworks relating to labour standards and equality rights at international and regional level
  2. Comparative analysis of common themes and different approaches with regard to labour standards and their institutional setup in a variety of jurisdictions, including the EU, the US, and selected developing countries (e.g. India, South Africa)
  3. Managements and enforcement mechanisms at international, regional and national level and the role of private organisations
  4. Labour Economics and Labour Market Institutions, in particular the role and function of unions, corporatism, collective bargaining, minimum wages, labour market discrimination, social security etc

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion, students...

  • exhibit a good understanding of the ideas, doctrines and framework sustaining core international labour rights and equality rights
  • relate the legal rules to the experience in practice of those whom they most directly concern, considering the impact of the labour regulation on workers, states, multinational enterprises and its function in society and the global economy more generally
  • assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of specific institutional setups of industrial relations for different politico-economic contexts
  • conduct empirical analysis of labour markets and produce stylized statistical data of specific labour market regimes