Note: I’ve uploaded the Guidance Note for the essay, marking criteria and 3 samp

Note: I’ve uploaded the Guidance Note for the essay, marking criteria and 3 sample essays that are only meant to be used as a guide and not be replicated word for word. Below you will find a list of topic ideas that you can choose from (please only choose 1,2 or max 3 topics that can be linked together). Think about how the government affects employee relations in relation to that topic/ those topics.
Task: A 2000-word essay on the following topic:
Critically examine the role of the State (government) as an actor in employment relations.
1. Equal opportunities & Discrimination in Labour Markets
2. Trade Unions
3. 4 Day Working Week
4. Gender pay gap
5. Brexit’s impact on Employment Relations
6. Employee Voice
7. Trust in the workplace NMW (National Minimum Wage)/ Zero-hour contracts
8. Modern Slavery
9. Economic Recovery and Labour Market Reforms
10. Government involvement in the cost of living crisis
11. Collective Labour Conflicts in Employment Relations
12. Migration Implications for the Labour Market
Please very carefully read the Guidance Note for this coursework. This coursework requires substantial amount of independent research and reading. The word count includes citations in the main body of your essay, but excludes tables, graphs, figures in the essay and, the list of bibliographic references at the end of the essay. Annexures or appendices are not allowed. All of your arguments must be made within the essay.
Assessment Criteria
• Only use tables for numerical data
• Link 2-3 topics together for bonus points (e.g. national minimum wage combined with modern slavery)
• Identify limitations of 2-3 key research articles (critical review of relevant literature – conceptual argument, how valid it is, and under what circumstances could it be wrong?)
• Challenge wider reading by looking at the argument (needs to be universally applicable) and evidence provided (needs to be robust enough to draw conclusions)
• Must demonstrate the ability to engage in critical review of relevant literature
• Demonstrate wider reading and ability to engage in independent research which goes beyond lecture materials.
• Must be able to argue analytically, logically and coherently.
• Wherever possible, support arguments with evidence from published sources
• Don’t use websites like or Wikipedia
• Can form an educated informed view based on the reading done if there is no data available on the topic
• Can use a comparative approach between two countries
• Cite sources appropriately (fake or misleading references/ citations not allowed)
• If you’re using statistical data, graphs or tables, make sure you’re citing the full source
• Use subheadings to build your paragraphs and link it back to your essay question
• Use current affairs and current knowledge to show you’re aware of the changing environment that all organisations operate in
• Draw sensible conclusions based on the research you’ve done
Presentation Requirements:
Word Count: 2000 (+/- 10% allowed)
Font Size: 12 Arial or Times New Roman
Line Spacing: Double
Essential Reading for Coursework Task: Please note that this is not intended as an exhaustive or definitive list of readings for this piece of coursework.
Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2020) ‘Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy’ Routledge, London and New York
Williams, S. (2014 or 2020) ‘Introducing Employment Relations – A Critical Approach’, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
International Labour Organization (ILO)–
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)- Global Rights Index 2020
Worker Rights Consortium:
UNCTAD World Investment Report 2020
International Monetary Fund (IMF) – World Economic Outlook 2020
World Economic Forum 2020
Trades Union Congress UK
(Please Note – you can find more recent reports from the IMF, World Bank, UNCTAD and the World Economic Forum. You can also find country reports for specific countries of your choice from the World Bank, IMF, ILO and UNCTAD websites).
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL- CIO)
China Labour Bulletin
China Labor Watch
Solidarity Federation
European Trade Union Confederation
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Involvement and participation association of UK
Institute of Directors
Institute of Employment Rights
New Economics Foundations





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