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LUBS3915 Employment Law

20 creditsClass Size: 49

Module manager: Liz Oliver

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1030Contract Law
LAW2160Employment Law

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary



This module explains the key elements of the employment relationship by reference to UK and EU law. Extensive use is made of primary legal sources such as statute law and case law so that legal problem solving techniques can be introduced. The module distinguishes different sources and categories of law and explains key legal concepts.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Explain key legal concepts and areas of employment law
- Conceptualise the broad scheme of the law in the areas covered by the course
- Locate and analyse key statutory provisions and case law

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- Analyse situations and identify the relevant employment law for the purposes of advising the employee/employer
- Apply the law and draw conclusions about the legal implications for management

- Solve problems and communicate referenced decisions clearly in writing


The module is designed to provide an understanding of both individual and collective employment law; It is organised so that it follows the sequence of the employment relationship.

That is, after an introduction to the contract of employment and classification of the employment relationship it deals with recruitment and selection, with terms and conditions of employment and the statutory floor of employment protection rights and with questions of termination.

The module covers discrimination law including sex, race and disability discrimination and equal pay; It deals with the system of employment tribunals and with the law relating to trades unions. An important feature of the course is the integration of EU law throughout.

Indicative content:
- Introduction to contract of employment
- Employment relationship
- Individual and collective employment law
- Employment protection rights
- Decimation law
- Employment tribunals
- Trade Union law
- EU Law

No previous knowledge of the law is required for this module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

For each 20 credits of study taken, the expectation is that the normal study time (including attendance at lectures and tutorials, self-study and revision) is 200 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have an optional opportunity to complete a formative (non-assessed assignment) and get written formative feedback on it.

Written feedback is provided with the mark for the assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyOptional non-assessed case-study (opportunity for formative feedback)0.00
Case Study1,000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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