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 (political, economic, social, cultural, technological and in terms of skills), in which governments and workers' and employers' organizations are continuously having to adapt their strategies, a better understanding of contemporary trends and challenges in industrial and employment relations is 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, a residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy, followed by a second distance-learning phase for the preparation of the Master's thesis. The Master's programme 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 worldwide by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic and geographical areas. It will also provide a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills. The Master's programme combines the sound academic background of the University of Turin with the ITCILO's international training experience. An international approach has been adopted for the content and methodology, as well as the composition of the faculty.

Who attends this Master?

Government, workers' and employers' representatives; 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?

The Master is designed around 7 macro-competencies area.

  1. Basics of industrial relations: Students will be introduced to the basics of industrial relations such as scope and definitions, actors involved and regimes of industrial relations. They will get exposed to the history of industrial relations and will better understand the actors of industrial relations. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge to use statistics and data around industrial relations and will develop an understanding of the role of industrial relations institutions in the labour market.
  2. The regulatory framework: Within this area of study students will be able to enrich their knowledge of the different regulations around industrial relations. Students will be fully exposed to the international labour standards system and will reflect upon the role of labour law in shaping employment and industrial relations. Private and social initiatives and their impact on development of industrial relations will be thoroughly explored.
  3. Forms of Industrial Relations: Collective bargaining, workplace cooperation, international framework agreements are, among others,  different forms of industrial relations. Under this macro area, students will gain in-depth studies of the different modalities under which interactions between workers and employers’ organizations can take place at different levels.
  4. Labour dispute prevention and resolution: Students will get exposed to the principles underpinning dispute resolution and will look at labour conflict from different angles including psychological and organizational. Students will get an increased understanding of the role of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and other dispute resolution methods including adjudication and arbitration.
  5. Application of economics for industrial relations practitioners: Understanding economics to discuss while negotiating a collective bargaining or to set a minimum wage is of a paramount importance. In this area of study students will be introduced to the rules of the labour market and its institutions and the relationship between economics and industrial relations.
  6. Variety of Industrial Relations: Industrial relations vary from countries to countries. During the programme students will “travel” around the globe to gain knowledge on the different types of industrial relations systems and their peculiarities, from developed economies, emerging economies and developing economies.
  7. Drivers of industrial and employment Relations: Students will study a variety of drivers of industrial and employment relations development, such as global supply chains, trade agreements and regional integration. Students will also be exposed to the impact of technological change on industrial and employment relations and many others.
What will I be able to do?

Describe industrial and employment relations systems with a comparative approach;

  • Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyze their application to achieve effective industrial and employment relations strategies;
  • Apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to industrial relations-related decision making;
  • Apply tools and methodologies for effective labour-management relations at different levels of the economy from enterprise to the national and international level;
  • Advise government, employers’ and workers’ representatives 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
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