How Important are Trade Unions in the Modern World?

BUSM016 COURSEWORK 2: REFLECTIVE ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
Please choose one of the four options noted below to write your reflective essay.
Option 1: How Important are Trade Unions in the Modern World? (Using a comparative perspective critically appraise the reasons workers join unions and what unions are doing to stem the decline of union membership).
REFLECTIVE ESSAY – INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cover page (please include your programme name, module title, assessment title, student number and the date of submission)
  2. Executive summary: 100 – 150 words
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction: 200 words approximately
  5. Concept of Employment Relations (please write some definitions): 200 words approximately
  6. Theoretical Framework (you must critically analyse one or two theories of Employment Relations): 600 – 800 words
  7. Theory XXX: (please explain the theory)

Summary (link with your topic)
Critical Assessing and Examining (please write advantages and disadvantages of the theory and make your own comments).

  1. Importance of trade unions (comparative approach): 1500 words approximately

Trade Unions
Health & Safety
Legislation
Minimum wages etc.
(I would suggest you to talk general about the trade unions, health & safety, legislations, minimum wages etc and use example from various countries to support your argument. You don’t need to compare two or multiple countries)

  1. Discussion and conclusion (please summarise your work): 300 – 400 words.
  2. References/Bibliography
  3. Appendices

Please note that the word count will be started from the introduction.
Option 2: Temporary, Freelance, Fixed Term and Casual Workers are Increasingly used by Employers to Provide Flexibility. (Using a comparative approach, does this precarious work inevitably weaken workers and are workers differently affected?)
REFLECTIVE ESSAY – INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cover page (please include your programme name, module title, assessment title, student number and the date of submission)
  2. Executive summary: 100 – 150 words
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction: 200 words approximately
  5. Concept of Employment Relations (please write some definitions): 200 words approximately
  6. Theoretical Framework (you must critically analyse one or two theories of Employment Relations): 600 – 800 words
  7. Theory XXX: (please explain the theory)

Summary (link with your topic)
Critical Assessing and Examining (please write advantages and disadvantages of the theory and make your own comments).

  1. Temporary, Freelance, Fixed Term and Casual Workers (comparative approach): 1500 words approximately

Critical Assessing and Examining (please write advantages and disadvantages and make your own comments)
(I would suggest you to talk general about the Temporary, Freelance, Fixed Term and Casual Workers and use example from various countries to support your argument. You don’t need to compare two or multiple countries).

  1. Discussion and conclusion (please summarise your work): 300 – 400 words.
  2. References/Bibliography
  3. Appendices

Please note that the word count will be started from the introduction.
Option 3: Employment Relations in the Two Emerging Economics – A Comparative Analysis
REFLECTIVE ESSAY – INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cover page (please include your programme name, module title, assessment title, student number and the date of submission)
  2. Executive summary: 100 – 150 words
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction: 200 words approximately
  5. Concept of Employment Relations (please write some definitions): 200 words approximately
  6. Theoretical Framework (you must critically analyse one or two theories of Employment Relations): 600 – 800 words
  7. Theory XXX: (please explain the theory)

Summary (link with your topic)
Critical Assessing and Examining (please write advantages and disadvantages of the theory and make your own comments).

  1. Two Emerging Economics (comparative approach): 1500 words approximately

Country XXX: trade unions, health & safety, legislations, minimum wages etc
Country YYY: trade unions, health & safety, legislations, minimum wages etc
Comparative Analysis: Please make a small summary

  1. Discussion and conclusion (please summarise your work): 300 – 400 words.
  2. References/Bibliography
  3. Appendices

Please note that the word count will be started from the introduction.
Option 4: What Role is there for the State, Unions and Employers in Ensuring that organisations are Representative of Society/ their Organisations and how Successful and their Actions Likely to be?
REFLECTIVE ESSAY – INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cover page (please include your programme name, module title, assessment title, student number and the date of submission)
  2. Executive summary: 100 – 150 words
  3. Table of contents
  4. Introduction: 200 words approximately
  5. Concept of Employment Relations (please write some definitions): 200 words approximately
  6. Theoretical Framework (you must critically analyse one or two theories of Employment Relations): 600 – 800 words
  7. Theory XXX: (please explain the theory)

Summary (link with your topic)
Critical Assessing and Examining (please write advantages and disadvantages of the theory and make your own comments).

  1. Role of Actors (comparative approach): 1500 words approximately

State/Government
Employees/Trade Unions
Employers/Employers’ Associations.
(I would suggest you to talk general about the state, Employees/Trade Unions,
Employers/Employers’ Associations and use example from various countries to support your argument. You don’t need to compare two or multiple countries)

  1. Discussion and conclusion (please summarise your work): 300 – 400 words.
  2. References/Bibliography
  3. Appendices

Please note that the word count will be started from the introduction.
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