Comparative labour relations

This course will help the students to answer questions like : what are labour relations, what is the role of institutions and interest groups in labour relations, which are the main models in analysing the labour relations. We will analyse several paradigmatic cases like Germany, UK, Nordic countries, East Central European countries, USA and China. We will discuss how the politics of labour relations, the practices of labour market regulations are influenced by economic development policies and political institutions. Throughout the classes we will build, discuss and analyse several case studies developed by the students enrolled in this course. At the end of this course the students will have acquired theoretical and empirical skills like : better knowledge of the main paradigms for analysis of labour relations, critical analysis of theories of labour relations, ability to explain the evolution of labour relations and to connect them with the economic, social, and political issues worldwide, capacity to explain the role of collect bargaining and collective interest aggregation in the labour relations, development of skills for comparative empirical research, and how to make use of key concepts for producing scientific analysis of labour relations. There is no formal difference between lecture and seminar meetings, concerning the organization, discussions and activities pursued for this course. Thus, it is important for the students to actively get involve in the discussions and activities based on preliminary weekly readings. Based on the readings the students are encouraged to initiate discussions on the issues identified each week. The in-class discussion are ruled by one principle : respect for the other colleagues and exclusive usage of scientific arguments in the course debates, developed by making use of the compulsory readings. Resources for this class are available on the e-learning platform This platform will be the interface between students and the professor for teaching, online tutoring for both the course and the seminar.

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