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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2160 Employment Law

20 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Chris Dietz

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Discovery students must have taken LAW1076 An Introduction to Law: What is Law?

Incoming Study Abroad students must have taken Contract Law at their home university.


LAW1030Contract Law
LAW1076An Introduction to Law: What is Law?

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3915Employment Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

What is the difference between being a worker or an employee? What are the pros and cons of flexible work contracts? As the nature and conditions of work change in response to globalisation and other social, political and economic shifts, legislators and policy-makers seek to adapt and respond – giving rise to many interesting social and legal issues and tensions.This module considers how employment law shapes and is shaped by such issues and tensions. It is designed to explore contemporary work and industrial relations through a series of case studies – concerning parental leave, the 'gig economy' and questions relating to work/life balance, among others – which affect the rights and responsibilities of people at work. Students will also be expected to engage with academic literature concerning work, rights and responsibilities developed in other disciplines within the social sciences in accordance with the module’s law-in-context approach. It is expected that any student – as a current or prospective employee, employer, activist or advocate – will find this module intellectually engaging and relevant.


Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students should be able to:
- evaluate the impact of employment law in its social context;
- apply employment case law and legislation in everyday scenarios;
- criticise gaps in employment law and policy;
- propose alternative employment law reforms;
- recognise the interplay between employment law and other areas of law in shaping the lives of the 21st century workforce.


Flexible and precarious work;
Working time;
Equality at work;
Unfair and wrongful dismissal.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours162.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000-word essay75.00
Tutorial PerformanceAssessed seminar performance25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/11/2019


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