SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

International human resource management

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 1

The module introduces students to the concepts, principles and practice of human resource management (HRM). The functions of HRM are explored in an international context. Theoretical and empirical analysis is used to explain and predict some of the main problems that occur in international HRM. At the end of this course students will have an understanding of the importance of the strategic functions of HRM and of how HRM might be implemented in practice in an international setting.

Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): None
  • Year of study: 3/Final
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the functions of human resource management (HRM);
  • Appreciate the functions of HRM in an international context;
  • Explain and interpret HRM concepts, principles, and practice;
  • Predict and explain some of the main problems that occur in international HRM;
  • Understand the importance of the strategic functions of HRM;
  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge of the practical management of HR.

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 30% written coursework and 70% by one two hour examination

Suggested reading

Indicative Readings:

  • Torrington, D: Hall, L; Taylor, S. “008. Human Resource Management. Seventh edition. FT/Prentice Hall


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