Industrial Relations in Europe (in English)

llsms2063  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Industrial Relations in Europe (in English)
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Jepsen Maria (compensates Léonard Evelyne) ; Léonard Evelyne ; Pochet Philippe (compensates Léonard Evelyne) ;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course successively examines the following questions : - what is it about? Definitions of industrial relations and major theoretical perspectives - who are the players? Introduction to players and institutions of industrial relations; - what are the challenges? Analysis of the major challenges related to globalisation, European integration, multinational companies, transformations of work, etc. - in Belgium, and elsewhere? Comparative approach of industrial relations systems.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Having regard to the LO of the programme X, this activity contributes to the development and acquisition of the following LO:

  • 1. Corporate citizenship 1.1. ¿Demonstrate independent reasoning, look critically ¿ 1.2.Decide and act by incorporating ethical and humanistic values ,¿ 1.3. Decide and act responsibly ¿

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course combines lectures, group presentations, individual and group research work, conferences by external speakers. It requires students active participation. Content See above scope of the activity Methods In-class activities X Lectures X Interactive seminar X Project based learning X other' At home activities X Readings to prepare the lecture X Paper writing X Students presentation
Teaching methods
The course is partly based on lectures and partly assignment-based: therefore it requires all students' active participation in individual assignments and teamwork.
Evaluation methods
Continuous evaluation
  • Date: Early December - Group presentation during the course - Individual essay - Team essay
  • Type of evaluation:  Group work - Group presentation during the course (25%) - Individual essay (1500 words 25%) - Team essay ( 6000 words 25%)
  • Comments: No
Evaluation week
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Examination session
  • Oral: No
  • Written: No
  • Unavailability or comments: No
Other information
Prerequisites None Evaluation : Evaluation is on group presentations and a final paper. References : References are distributed during the class Internationalisation X CEMS course X international content (does the course tackle international issues related to the course content ?) X international guests Corporate features X conference Skills X presentation skills X writing skills X team work X time management X project management X critical thinking X assertiveness Techniques and tools for teaching and learning X Internet work
European Commission (2012) Industrial relations in Europe 2010, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, (chapter 1 and 2)
European Commission (2010) Industrial relations in Europe 2010, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities,  (chapter 1)
Hall, P., Soskice, D. (eds) (2001) Varieties of capitalism, Oxford : Oxford University Press. (available on line  Chapter 1.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Human Resources Management

Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Management

Specialised master in European Business and Economic Policy