Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

Enrolment deadline : 19 September 2019

Starting date: 07 October 2019

English

07 October 2019 - 04 September 2020

Blended

Master Information

Enrolment deadline: 19 September 2019

Starting date: 07 October 2019

English

07 October 2019 - 04 September 2020

Blended

Structure / Content

This Master's programme in Industrial and Employment Relations will be divided into three phases: 

  • Phase 1: Distance-learning phase from 7 October 2019 to 19 January 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Phase 2: Residential face-to-face phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy, from 20 January to 3 April 2020 (11 weeks)
  • Phase 3: Distance-learning phase for the drafting of the thesis from 4 April to 4 September 2020 (22 weeks)

Phase 1 - participants will have access to an e-platform where they will learn mainly on an individual basis. They will receive support from a tutor with expertise in the subject matter, participate in a forum, and exchange views with other participants. This preparatory distance-learning phase will be divided into 6 modules: 1) The ILO and the international labour standards system; 2) Industrial relations; 3) Collective bargaining and labour dispute systems; 4) Tripartite social dialogue; 5) Labour Law; 6) Labour market institutions. 

This preparatory phase will include self-study, assignments and quizzes. It 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: during the residential phase in Turin the following topics will be covered: 

• Industrial relations and employment relations: scope and definitions
• Industrial democracy
• Industrial relations and the economy
• Varieties of capitalism
• Varieties of industrial relations in Europe
• Industrial relations trends in Southern Africa
• Industrial relations trends in Asia
• ILO standard-setting system
• Freedom of association and collective bargaining
• Social dialogue: actors, types, issues
• National institutions of social dialogue
• International legal framework for social dialogue
• The role of the ILO in promoting social dialogue
• Selected outcomes of social dialogue
• Good practices of social dialogue
• Social dialogue and employment policies / Social dialogue and wages
• Social dialogue and gender equality
• Social dialogue and social protection
• Social dialogue and OSH regulation
• Social dialogue and TVET/Skills development
• Labour administration / Labour administration and industrial relations
• Labour administration reforms and innovative practices
• Main roles and functions of Trade Unions / Employers' Organizations
• Collective bargaining / Collective bargaining machinery
• Administration and implementation of collective bargaining agreements
• Collective bargaining and gender equality
• Trends in collective bargaining
• Collective bargaining in the Public Service
• International legal framework for gender equality
• Negotiation theory and practice
• Labour dispute resolution / Selected country experiences
• Grievance handling
• International legal framework for dispute resolution in the Public Service
• Conciliation/mediation of labour disputes
• The employment relationship
• Non-standard forms of employment
• Employment protection legislation
• Labour inspection
• Occupational safety and health
• Private workplace compliance initiatives
• Transition from informal to formal economy
• Forced labour / Child labour
• Non discrimination in employment
• Employment policies
• Selected European Union employment policies
• Labour market analysis / Labour market institutions
• Minimum wage and productivity
• Public employment services
• Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning MNES and Social Policy
• Conducive environment for enterprise development
• Global Union Federations
• International framework agreements
• Corporate social responsibility
• Global supply chains
• International trade agreements and labour clauses
• Labour law and employability
• Labour law reforms in selected European countries
• ILO policies and tools for the promotion of social rights
• Fair and effective governance of labour migration
• Negotiation of a bilateral labour agreement
• Social and solidarity economy / Green economy
• Domestic work
• Diversity in the workplace
• Violence and harassment in the world of work
• Public sector reform / Public service statutes
• National/enterprise-level strategies to promote workplace cooperation
• Economic aspects of wage negotiation: productivity as a key factor
• Key principles of economics for industrial relations
• Management of a corporate crisis
• Negotiated arrangements to increase productivity
• Market environments and their effects on industrial relations
• Inequality: its causes and effects
• The role of money: its effects on firms and workers
• Strategic human resources management
• Recruitment and selection / Reward practices
• Employee involvement and participation
• Industrial relations and human resources policies in selected enterprises
• Work and well-being / Soft skills

Phase 3: participants will be required to carry out individual research in their home country for the drafting and submission of a thesis with the assistance of a thesis supervisor. The outline of the thesis to be presented in Turin by 20 March 2020, and the thesis to be completed by 4 September 2020.

Study Visits

Study visits to selected organizations will be organized to provide an opportunity to participants to be exposed to different practices of industrial and employment relations and human resources management. A two-day study visit to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will also be organized.  

International Training Centre of the ILO

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin - Italy

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