Comparative Industrial Relations Systems Examination Schedule:

IRL 420 Comparative Industrial Relations Systems II Fall 2005. There will be only two examinations depending on the choices the class makes at the beginning of the semester. One is a mid-term, tentatively scheduled for class on Monday, October 17. The other examination is the comprehensive final, which is required of all students in the course. That will be given as in the examination schedule on Wednesday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m..


 
 
What follows are the instructions and questions from the final examination the last time this course was given. The mid-terms have similar questions, but fewer of them. You will be provided with the better part of one page to answer each question.
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IRL420 December 1999
Le Moyne College Cliff Donn

Final Examination
Instructions: This examination has six questions of which you must answer any four. Answer as completely as possible in the space provided but do not exceed that space. Give relevant examples wherever possible.

1) Compare and contrast the approach Scoville takes to the development and structure of industrial-relations systems to that taken by John Dunlop. That is, compare Scoville's theory with Dunlop's theory. Use illustrative examples from at least two different countries (other than the United States).

2) Compare and contrast the pattern of industrial conflict in Sweden with that in Italy. What factors help explain the similarities and differences?

3) Compare and contrast the ideologies of the industrial-relations actors in Germany with the ideologies of those actors in France. What factors help to explain the similarities and differences?

4) Compare and contrast the structure and activities of the trade union movement in Canada with the structure and activities of the trade union movement in Sweden. What factors help to explain the similarities and differences?

5) Compare and contrast how substantive rules of employment are made in Britain with the way they are made in Germany. What factors help to explain the similarities and differences?

6) Explain why trade unions are concerned about the growth and development of multinational corporations and explain some of the obstacles that face trade unions in trying to deal with those corporations.