Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (2021/2022)

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (2021/2022)

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (2021/2022)

25 October 2021–16 September 2022
The course is available in English

The Master in Industrial and Employment Relations aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It provides participants with a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems in the world, by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic geographical areas.

Key features
Modern methods

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises

Inspiring discussions

Exchange ideas with international students and faculty

High-level resources

Engage with experts from the ILO and the ITCILO, practitioners and university professors.

Introduction to the Master

In a fast-changing environment in which governments and workers' and employers' organizations are having to continually adapt their strategies, a better understanding of contemporary challenges and and trends in industrial and employment relations around the world is becoming a compelling need. The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), in partnership with the University of Turin, Italy, is offering a Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (MIER). It includes a distance-learning phase and a residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, followed by a second distance-learning phase for the preparation of the Masters thesis. The Master combines the sound academic background of the University of Turin with the ITCILO's international training experience. The Master aims to develop specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It will provide participants with a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems around the world by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic regions. It will also feature a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Who attends this Master?

Representatives of government and of workers' and employers' organizations; practitioners in the field of industrial and employment relations from the public and private sectors; human resources and industrial relations managers and personnel of human resources departments dealing with industrial and employment relations; labour administration and labour inspection officials; labour court judges and labour lawyers; staff from the ILO and other international organizations; trainers, consultants, researchers and graduate students wishing to pursue a career in the field of industrial and employment relations.

What will I learn?
  • Industrial relations and employment relations: scope and definitions
  • Varieties of industrial relations in Europe
  • ILO standard-setting system
  • International legal framework for industrial relations
  • ILO policies and tools for the promotion of social rights
  • Introduction to fundamental principles and rights at work
  • Social dialogue and tripartism
  • International legal framework for tripartite social dialogue
  • National institutions of tripartite social dialogue
  • Selected outcomes of social dialogue
  • Collective bargaining; collective bargaining machinery; administration and implementation of collective agreements
  • Trends in collective bargaining
  • Labour dispute resolution
  • Key principles for an effective labour dispute resolution system
  • Negotiation theory and practice
  • Conciliation/mediation of labour disputes: theory and practice
  • Labour relations in the Public Service
  • International legal framework for gender equality
  • Gender and collective bargaining
  • Gender equality and social dialogue
  • Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations
  • Non-discrimination in employment
  • Child labour
  • Forced labour
  • Social dialogue and employment policies
  • Social dialogue and wages
  • Social dialogue and TVET/skills development
  • Fair and effective governance of labour migration
  • Negotiation of a bilateral labour agreement
  • Industrial relations and the economy
  • Grievance handling
  • Industrial relations trends in Asia
  • Industrial relations trends in Southern and East Africa
  • Labour administration
  • Labour administration and industrial relations
  • Labour inspection
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Private workplace compliance initiatives: the case of Betterwork
  • The employment relationship
  • Non-standard forms of employment
  • Employment protection legislation
  • Transition from informal to formal economy
  • Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning MNES and Social Policy
  • Conducive environment for enterprise development
  • Global framework agreements
  • Global supply chains
  • Social protection
  • Domestic work
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Violence and harassment in the world of work
  • Social and solidarity economy
  • Introduction to green economy
  • National/enterprise-level strategies to promote workplace cooperation
  • Varieties of capitalism
  • Labour market analysis
  • Labour market institutions
  • Minimum wage and productivity
  • Key principles of economics for industrial relations
  • Economic aspects of wage negotiation: productivity as a key factor
  • Management of a corporate crisis
  • Negotiated arrangements to increase productivity
  • Inequality: its causes and effects
  • Market environments and their effects on industrial relations
  • The role of money: its effects on firms and workers
  • Strategic human resources management
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Reward practices
  • Employee involvement and participation
  • Work and well-being
  • Thesis drafting: methodological issues
What will I be able to do?

The Master offers a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills:

  • Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective industrial and employment relations strategies;
  • How to apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to industrial relations-related decision making;
  • How to represent employers or workers in industrial relations, including negotiation of collective agreements
  • Best approaches to assist employers or workers in conciliation/mediation procedures
  • Tools and methodologies for effective labour-management relations 
  • Advise government, employers’ and workers’ organizations on industrial and employment relations issues.
Why should I enroll?

This Master is international and draws upon the centenary experience of the ILO.

It provides a balance between theory and practice to stimulate interaction between resource persons and participants.

  • Professors, practitioners and other resource persons will use lectures, case-studies, case law judgments, excerpts of collective agreements and legislation, discussions, group-work and practical exercises
  • A two-day study visit to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (if there are no travel restrictions due to COVID-19)
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University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting over 74.000 students and with 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment.

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