Courses & Units

Theories of Work and Organisation BMA217




This unit of study builds on foundational concepts introduced in Managing People at Work. You will be introduced to a range of theoretical perspectives that have influenced the development of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations (IR) disciplines. Classical and modern theories of work and organisation are introduced, leading to a broad overview of the evolution of the two disciplines and their underpinning theoretical frameworks.

Theoretical material will be embedded through an analysis of various contemporary challenges confronting stakeholders in the employment relationship. Through the contrasting lenses of functionalism, interpretivism and criticalism, you will consider current issues in the workplace.

Activities and assessment tasks in the unit are designed to develop and extend independent and critical thinking, develop the capacity to consider multiple perspectives on workplace issues, enable you to identify contemporary issues in HRM and IR and provide the skills necessary to complete the third year units in the Human Resources major.


Unit name Theories of Work and Organisation
Unit code BMA217
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Ruth Barton

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090399

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Teaching Pattern

One hour lecture and two hour workshop (Hobart attending students); online participation (discussions and webinar) for distance students; 4 x 2 hour workshops for distance students located in and around Launceston (at Newnham campus).


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