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Labour Law (level 5)


Module description

With rapidly changing patterns of work and with employment tribunals hearing a substantial amount of civil litigation cases, labour law constitutes an essential but also fascinating area of study. While it intertwines with fields such as contract law, tort law and human rights law, it is a self-standing discipline aimed at regulating the fast-changing employment relationship.

In this module we will examine a number of legal affairs that affect most people in the workplace: the contract of employment, collective labour rights and human rights in the workplace, anti-discrimination law and protection against unfair dismissal are the most important among them. We will focus on the development of technical legal skills while situating labour law in its historical, political and socio-economic context.

Indicative syllabus

  • The contract of employment (express and implied terms)
  • Collective labour rights and human rights in the workplace
  • Anti-discrimination law
  • Protection against unfair dismissal and other statutory remedies

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • comprehend and interpret legislation
  • critically evaluate case law developments
  • offer legal advice
  • situate the law in its historical, political and social context.