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Human Resource Management

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 essay writing. Students are assessed throughout the course, receiving continuous feedback,both from other students and the teacher, on how to develop and construct arguments in the form of essay writing.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).

    The language of instruction is English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’sr esults from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course Coordinator:
    Head of course: Carl Cederström