Industrial Relations is about the world of work and in particular about employment and employment relationships. What factors influence the work we do, the pay we get, how hard we work, our job security? Why do employees join trade unions and what do they do? Has there been a transformation in the last 15 years - fewer strikes, better pay, a more 'flexible' and 'efficient' workforce - or not? Should there be legal protections for employees - against unfair dismissal and discrimination, to limit the length of the working week or year - or are these 'burdens' on business reducing competitiveness? Such questions - covering vitally important areas of policy and debate - lie at the heart of the subject. The MA analyses industrial relations and its disciplinary bases through a mixture of compulsory and optional courses.