Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

The Master in Industrial and Employment Relations aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations. It will provide participants with a a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems by looking into recent changes and trends in the world's major economic geographic areas. It combines the sound academic background of the University of Turin with the ITCILO's international training experience. An international approach has been applied to the content, the methodology as well as to the composition of the faculty. It is relevant to participants from both developing and developed countries who will have opportunities to share their different experiences.

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

Deadline for application: 27 July 2018

Starting date: 08 October 2018

English

08 October 2018 - 06 September 2019

Blended

Master Information

Deadline for application: 27 July 2018

Starting date: 08 October 2018

English

08 October 2018 - 06 September 2019

Blended

Course Structure

This Master's programme will be divided into three phases: 

  • Phase 1: Distance-learning phase from 8 October 2018 to 18 January 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Phase 2: Residential face-to-face phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy, from 21 January to 5 April 2019 (11 weeks)
  • Phase 3: Distance-learning phase from 6 April to 8 September 2019 (22 weeks)

Phase 1- includes assignments, self-study and exercises with the assistance of a tutor. Participants will have access to an e-platform through which they will learn on an individual basis. They will receive support from a tutor with expertise in the subject matter; participate in a forum, use the documentation centre, and network with other participants.

This preparatory phase will enable participants with different levels and fields of knowledge to be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts relating to industrial and employment relations to reach an adequate and homogeneous level to take full advantage of the residential phase.

Phase 2 - the residential phase in Turin - will focus on the following topics:

• Industrial relations and employment relations: scope and definitions
• ILO standard-setting system
• International legal framework of industrial and employment relations
• Fundamental principles and rights at work
• ILO policies and tools for the promotion of social rights
• Workers’ and employers’ organizations: structure and role
• Social dialogue and tripartism
• Legal and institutional framework for tripartite social dialogue
• Social dialogue and employment policies, wages, social protection, gender equality, migration
• Social dialogue and labour law reforms
• Collective bargaining; collective bargaining machinery; administration and implementation of collective agreements
• Gender equality and collective bargaining
• The employment relationship
• Economic aspects of wage negotiation
• Key principles of economics for industrial relations
• Management of a corporate crisis
• Labour market analysis and institutions

• Negotiation theory and practice
• Labour dispute resolution systems
• Settlement of labour disputes: conciliation, mediation, and labour courts
• Labour relations in the Public Service
• Information and consultation at the enterprise level
• Labour administration and labour inspection
• Industrial and employment relations in Europe
• Industrial relations systems, competitiveness and public policy
• The impact of the crisis on industrial relations
• Globalization and industrial and employment relations
• Globalization, trade and social rights
• Global supply chains
• Corporate social responsibility
• Recent trends in human resources management policies
• Workplace relations
• Interpersonal skills: team and group behaviour, communication skills

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 to strike a balance between theory and practice and to stimulate interaction with the resource persons and among participants.

Phase 3: participants will be required to carry out individual research in their home country for the preparation and submission of their thesis. The outline of the thesis to be presented in Turin by 30 March 2019, and the thesis to be completed by 8 September 2019. 

Study Visits

A number of study visits to selected enterprises and other institutions will be organized to provide an opportunity to participants to be exposed to different practices of industrial and employment relations. A one-day study visit to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will be organized. 

 

 

 

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