Course Title: International Human Resources

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Human Resources

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Management Associatn


630H Management


Offsh 3 08


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021


Malaysia Institute of Managemt


630H Management


Offsh 4 08


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh3 17,
Offsh3 18,
Offsh1 19,
Offsh3 19,
Offsh1 20,
Offsh3 20,
Offsh1 21,
Offsh3 21


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018


Shanghai Uni of Int Bus & Econ


630H Management


Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh2 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Haiying Kang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.09.77

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will give particular attention to the practice of human resource management in international companies, and the challenges facing such companies in managing human resources across national borders. You will also examine how cultural and organizational context affect international HRM practices and compare international HRM policies and practices in different country contexts. The course will provide you with the theoretical and practical understanding of the many of the ethical challenges that present to organisations to manage employees in a global context. You will also gain understanding of the cross-cultural aspects of HR policy and practice and the implications on global and local employees and business.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Critically assess the impact of cultural differences and institutional factors in international HRM.

CLO2: Evaluate the strategic and functional roles of HRM in various international contexts, especially in areas such as recruitment and selection, performance management, training, and development, compensation, and industrial relations.

CLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the issues, opportunities and challenges pertaining to international HRM.

CLO4: Evaluate HRM related social, cultural, ethical and environmental responsibilities in a global context.

CLO5: Contrast and compare international HRM concepts/theories in selected countries and international organizations.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

You are expected to attend classes having read all material assigned for each week’s topic and participate in discussion and class activities/exercises. Where appropriate, audio-visual material, guest speakers, and case studies may be incorporated.

Assignments require self-directed learning through reading, reflecting and applying concepts and practices covered in this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.