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In contemporary society, the world of human resource management and employment law has expanded significantly in recent years. The taught content incorporates a critical examination of the changing ideas within human resource management, the nature of the employer-employee relationship within employment relations, the employment contract and associated issues such as appointment and dismissal. The award also explores legal issues such as management of the employee within the context of discipline and conduct, performance, stress at work as well as traditional areas such termination, redundancy and the role of the Employment Tribunal.

This award is being offered as a blended learning course with a combination of face to face learning which will be supported by the use of online resources via a virtual learning environment.

This award is particularly suited to graduates seeking a specialist route to enter the field of human resource management and employment law. The course will provide a starting point for those seeking elements of CIPD accreditation and provides expertise for those seeking to work within the sectors of human resource management, mediation and arbitration, recruitment and personnel management, trade union roles and others who need specialist legal knowledge and understanding within this area.

Course content

Students initially complete a 15 credit core module in Research Methods which is delivered in a condensed session at the commencement of the award in September. Students will then study a number of 15 credit modules which include the following indicative content:
-Human resource management in a contemporary world
-The nature of employment relations
-The socio-legal context of the employer-employee relationship
-Recruitment and talent management
-The nature of the employment contract
-Management of the employee in the context of conduct and disclipline, performance management and stress at work
-Termination of employment including restructure and redundancy
-Human resource management and equality and diversity
-Management of employee benefits and rights including parental rights and flexible working

Visit the Human Resource Management and Employment Law MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

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