Human Resource Management (HRM)

Course description

In this course, students are introduced to Human Resource Management. The focus of the course is how HRM appears as a new way of thinking about management, which appeared in the 1980s as an attempt to replace personnel management.

The course is designed to stimulate students’ ability to outline, discuss and critically evaluate aspects of HRM which are often taken for granted. In this sense, HRM is not simply presented as a toolbox that can be used by managers, but as an ideology with implications for society, reaching far beyond the organizational context.

To help students learn how to discuss and articulate arguments, the course will concentrate on littearture seminars and essay writing. 

Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to outline and critically discuss the role of HRM in today’s society. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. Identify the key debates in Human Resource Management
2. Recognize the main shifts in the history of Human Resource Management

Skills and abilities
3. Outline the ethical and political debates between work and life
4. Discuss the influence of HRM on everyday activities

Judgement and approach
5. Critically evaluate the ideological dimension of HRM
6. Reflect on HRM in a broader ethical and political context

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Course title:
Human Resource Management
Semester: Autumn term 2019
Study period: 3
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Undergraduate level (first cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: fe3234



Course coordinator:
Christina Gabrielsson
Head of course:
Carl Cederström
Carl Cederström
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