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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5325M Employment Law

30 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Liz Oliver

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module provides an opportunity for advanced study in employment law. Through locating employment law within its wider economic, political and social context the module provides the knowledge and techniques necessary for the effective use of employment law in the management of people.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

Learning outcomes - Knowledge/Application

- Locate and make effective use of legal sources, including statutes and cases, and use a law library (e.g. in formulating policy).
- Interpret contractual and other documents of a legal character.
- Deploy the knowledge and skills necessary to use legal methodology to advise managers about issues which have an employment law dimension.
- Implement employment policies which are in accordance with legal requirements and best practice.
- Deploy the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective lay representation in an employment tribunal.
- Explain the broad structure of the law and its institutions including the legal concepts and rules relevant to the employment field, the substantive law relating to employment and the impact of law on the employment relationship.
- Interpret the legal procedures for resolving employment law disputes and advise on the use of employment law in meeting management objectives.
- Recognise the influence of the European Union on UK employment law.

Learning outcomes - Skills (Transferable)

- Deploy effective problem solving and decision-making skills
- Communicate effectively in writing.

Skills outcomes

Deploy effective problem solving and decision-making skills

Communicate effectively in writing


Indicative content

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:

Introduction to the contract of employment and classification of the employment relationship.

Recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment and the statutory floor of employment protection rights and with questions of termination.

Discrimination law including sex, race and disability discrimination and equal pay.

Employment tribunals and the law relating to trades unions.

An important feature of the module is the integration of EU law throughout and an assessment of the impact of the EU on UK employment law.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours240.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by assignment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/09/2020 08:52:21


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