emplyment relation news
Students should identify a current issue in the Australian news media relating centrally to some aspect of Australian employment relations. Students should then provide a review of the essential information conveying the issues at stake, while using materials and ideas canvassed in this course??
Here is the description of the assessment item in the course profile:
“Students should identify a current issue in the Australian news media relating centrally to some aspect of Australian employment relations. Students should then provide a review of the essential information conveying the issues at stake, while using materials and ideas canvassed in this course”.
Following are some aIDitional pieces of advice:
1. What do I mean by a ‘current issue relating to Australian ER’? Either an industrial dispute (strike, lockout, go-slow etc.) or an area of sharp policy difference between employers and unions, ALP and Coalition etc. In relation to the latter, not something generic like ‘Fair Work legislation’, ‘the position of women in the workforce’, ‘the role of casuals in the workforce’ or ‘employment relations legal reform’, but more like ‘policies on paid parental leave’ or ‘whether casuals or small businesses should be covered by unfair dismissal legislation’, i.e. something quite specific.
2. Students should check out the newspapers (either hard copy or on-line) (see Factiva on the Library website for access to Australian newspaper articles), or websites such as Labour Start (http://oz.labourstart.org/) or any of the other websites listed in the course profile for some ideas.
3. Your review should outline the nature of the issue, who are the parties involved, what issues are in dispute (if any), what are the rival perspectives or claims that are being made, what are the arguments made by each party against the claims of the other, what processes are being used to advance the claims of each side and/or what processes are being used to resolve the problem or issue, how effective do you think that these processes will be, and what would be your recommendations for resolving the issue?
4. What is meant by ‘current’? Either something in progress or an event that has occurred in the last 3 months. Obviously if the issue or dispute has passed or blown over over, students can’t genuinely consider what their recommendations would be for resolving it. So a ‘live’ issue is much preferred.
5. What is meant by ‘materials and ideas canvassed in this course’? Here students should demonstrate that you have worked out how to apply the course materials and ideas that you have picked up from the textbook or lectures to a current issue. In other words, some combination of theory and practice is expected. Or, if not theory, students should use at least use some concepts from the course that explain or shed light on the issue under review (e.g. pluralism; neoliberalism etc.).
6. Your News Review should be referenced and written in assignment or report format and should observe all the requirements identified in the course profile. Report format means that students can use dot points and keep things reasonably snappy. Students have only got 12,000 words so it should not be ornate prose. However, the review should not be ungrammatical or sloppily presented, and it should be proof-read, spell-checked etc. Students do not need to attach the assignment checklist to the News Review but you should ensure that you follow its requirements where relevant.
7. Students should include copies of at least 3 or 4 relevant news itemsthat discuss their ER issue, as an appendix to their review. They can either be cut directly from newspapers, or printed out from electronic sources such as Factiva. These items should form the basis of the review and should be properly identified.
8. Key information:
Deadline: Monday14October at 4pm.
Length: 12,000 words
Submit to: Electronically via Blackboard AND at the Collaborative Learning Centre, Colin Clark Building (ensure that you attach a Faculty cover sheet).
And, as always, if you have a question about preparing this assessment item, your tutor is the person you should be consulting – in class or in his consultation sessions.
Course coordinator, 23 September 2013