760815 :Seminar Human Resource Studies


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 8 lectures of 2 hours, 8 seminars of 3 hours, and 3 practicums (2 of 8 hours and 1 of 2 hours) (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Oral exam, group assignments, and individual participation and development (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:12 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via COMAP. Students are assigned to one of the seminar groups by the coordinator
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dr. M.C. Meyers (Coordinator)

dr. T.A.M. Kooij (Lecturer)

prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk (Tutor)

prof. dr. R.F. Poell (Tutor)

S.C. Kilroy (Lecturer)

prof. dr. J. Paauwe (Lecturer)

dr. F.C. van de Voorde (Lecturer)

dr. R.S.M. de Reuver (Lecturer)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After participating in the lectures and seminar groups of this course, the students are able to:
  • Explain theories and concepts related to Human Resource Studies. Examples of such theories and concepts are the resource-based view of the firm, ‘best fit’ versus ‘best practice’ approaches, and the HR architecture.
  • Assess and discuss research, theory and concepts of Human Resource Studies, while paying explicit attention to practical implications (e.g., the ethics of managing human resources; the process of implementing an HR strategy).
  • Apply research, theory and concepts of Human Resource Studies to practical and actual issues in this field (e.g., the dynamics of the labor market; the growing mobility and diversity of the workforce).
  • Do ‘HR with an attitude’ (demonstrated through individual participation and development).
  • Cooperate in a small team in a purposeful and effective way.


After participating in the practicum groups of this course, the students are able to:

  • Reflect on their interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Create and apply a plan of action to improve interpersonal and professional skills.
  • Apply their knowledge of and insights into their personal strengths, to position themselves and to advance their own career.
  • Describe their own strengths and areas for improvement regarding interpersonal and professional skills.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course consists of three major parts. Parts 1 and 2 take place in teaching block 1, part 3 covers teaching blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Part 1

The first part of the course aims at creating a common starting point for all students. This is achieved by studying a recent textbook in the area of HRM which integrates knowledge from several subfields that are central in the Bachelor/ Pre-Master program in HR Studies (see obligatory literature). This introduction (one week of two 2-hour lectures) ends with an oral exam in the third week of this course.

Part 2

The second part of the course is devoted to five different, highly topical themes in HRM. This part includes several 2-hour lectures given by different lecturers and five 3-hour seminars. Each seminar is prepared, structured and chaired by a student team. The student teams that are not presenting in a particular week write essays about that week’s theme from different perspectives. This means that students will write four group essays and give one group presentation in Part 2 of the course. The second part will start with a lecture in which students get acquainted with different perspectives which they can apply to HR issues.

Part 3

Part 3 of this course targets the development of students’ social and professional skills. This part consists of two training days (practicum sessions): one at the start of the first semester (teaching block 1), and one at the start of the second semester (teaching block 3). In addition, a 3-hour Q&A meeting with professionals will be organized in teaching block 3.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The overall grade is the weighted average of three different components:

1. Individual oral exam:

  • Weight: 25%
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • The oral exam consists of 5 open questions, for which students can earn from 0 to 10 points each.
  • Students are evaluated based on their ability to correctly describe, explain, apply, and evaluate core theories and constructs

2. Group work: Chairing, group essays, and business report

  • Total weight: 50%
  • Students chair one seminar session of 1 hour and 45 minutes and write four essays (about 4 pages each) with a small team of students. All five components have the same weight in determining the total grade for this part. Students receive one grade as a team.
  • All aspects are evaluated based on their structure, theoretical depth (correct description of theories and constructs), application and evaluation of theories and constructs, the students’ ability to correctly link theoretical constructs to one another and / or to practical examples, the demonstrated creativity / innovativeness, and critical reflection.

3. Individual participation and development:

  • Weight: 25%
  • This grade is determined based on a) the quantity and quality of individual participation during work groups and b) the observed progress towards reaching individual learning goals that are established at the beginning of the course

The required minimum grade for each component is 5.0. In order to pass the oral exam the weighted average has to be at least 5.5. When the grade for the chairing and group essays and report is less than 5.0, students can take a resit by writing one integrative essay as assigned by the coordinator. 

The attendance of the seminar and practicum groups is obligatory.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. Boxall, P., & Purcell, J., Strategy and human resource management, London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016 (4th edition), ISBN 978-1-137-40763-4.
  2. Reader.

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