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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3026: Employment Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the key  elements of employment law within the UK legal system.

Through our discussions, you will consider the role of work within society, the appropriate relationship between statute and common law (and thereby Parliament and the courts) and the effectiveness of the rights that are granted to individuals at work.

You will also build upon your presentation skills by giving a presentation on a central issue within employment law and how the law should be analysed and reformed.

Our learning will incorporate a range of primary and secondary materials, and you will be given the opportunity to conduct independent research in order to prepare for your presentation. In addition to materials such as textbooks, journals and law reports, there are a great deal of interesting and contemporaneous online resources, such as those provided by government and law practice-generated material.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify, explain and critically analyse issues arising in the context of working relationships and apply relevant legal rules to those issues
2. handle a variety of materials particular to this area of law from a variety of sources such as case-law, domestic and international legal frameworks and statutory Codes of Practice
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and the ability to explain the relationships among them, as well as their limits
4. select and explain relevant information from primary and secondary legal resources, independently and efficiently using appropriate techniques
5. demonstrate ability to select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively relevant law and legal or theoretical arguments
Personal and Key Skills6. identify, retrieve and use a range of resources with minimal guidance
7. demonstrate ability to keep up-to-date regarding developments in a fast-moving area of law and politics
8. demonstrate ability to work independently and to manage time efficiently in preparing for scheduled learning activities and assessments