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Theories of Work and Organisation BMA217


This unit of study focuses on the changing nature of work in an increasingly globalised economy and the theories employed to understand contemporary developments in work and organisations and their impacts on business, communities and individuals.
Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives that have influenced the development of contemporary understandings of work and organisations in a globalised world. Classical and contemporary theories of work and organisation are introduced, leading to a broad overview of how work is central to our society, organisations, economy and personal lives.
Theoretical material will be embedded through an analysis of various contemporary challenges in light of the significant transformation in the nature of work that has occurred in recent years. The unit examines a range of perspectives and theories developed to explain key issues influencing contemporary experiences of work and the factors driving new approaches to managing the workplace and work arrangements and their implications for business, communities and individuals. It also assesses the implications of these approaches for workers, future workforces and the nature of


Unit name Theories of Work and Organisation
Unit code BMA217
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Ruth Barton
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 1 31/1/2022 23/2/2022 17/3/2022 1/5/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain, analyse and compare theories, and perspectives related to work and organisation
  • Think critically and analyse work issues and cases to provide evidence-based recommendations
  • Present and justify independent and group expositions of knowledge
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090399 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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BMA101 or ZAA131


Teaching Pattern

2 hour fortnightly workshops; plus online content. Please refer to the timetable for dates, time and venue.

AssessmentReflection on Readings (20%)|Group Research Report (40%)|Analysis of Contemporary Media Reporting (40%)
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There is no prescribed textbook for this unit. A list of weekly readings will be made available on MyLO.

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