630829 :Comparative European Industrial Relations (6 ECTS)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Active Lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Assignments and exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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dr. S. Bekker (Coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Upon completion of this course the students have reached the following goals:

  • Know the concept of ‘employment relations’, its theoretical frame and implications.
  • Know the features of several different national systems of employment relations, their historical evolution and present changes, e.g. Europeanization or the crisis.
  • Analyse in a comparative way different socio-economic and institutional examined contexts; identify and examine similarities and differences across European countries.
  • Recognize and describe global developments in employment relations and relate these to challenges such as inequality, labour conflict, employee participation, digitisation and internationalisation of work. Understand the challenges this poses to systems of employment relations and social dialogue.
  • Apply the theoretical frameworks of employment relations to an everyday example (e.g. the European framework agreement on Fixed-Term Work; or the EU flexicurity concept) and present the findings.
  • Understand and analyse new solutions of social partnership to meet 21st century challenges, such as collective systems that foster work-to-work transitions or succeed in organising ‘a-typical’ workers.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)


The course targets master students LLER, and consists of two parts. Part one teaches the basics of employment relations and social dialogue. Part two teaches the current challenges of employment relations, reflecting on how social dialogue can have added value in the modern labour market with flexible employment, migrant workers, and digitalisation of work. The course starts with introducing the concept of employment relations: the main social dialogue actors and the different levels on which these may operate (EU, national and sector/ organization level). The most relevant theories underpin the concept of employment relations, depicting how social dialogue is stimulated and developed within a multi-level governance setting, while also explaining the different developments and traditions in industrial relations across Europe. Students learn to compare the different traditions, analysing typical institutional settings of various national systems of social partnership (e.g. Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden). They identify crucial themes in cross-national analysis, including the increasingly European nature of employment relations, and the implications to the research domain of labour relations at large. Among the crucial themes is the future agenda of social dialogue in modern labour markets is Inclusive HRM or Inclusive Labour markets. It includes groups that are more difficult to organise in a collective manner: migrant workers, youth, platform workers, workers with a temporary employment contract and self-employed.


Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course will be given in the first block of the spring semester. It will be taught in Tilburg in the academic year 2017-2018 (not in Leuven).

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