Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Labour Law
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  Resubmit missed or failed 2500 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Resubmit missed or failed exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the significance in context of the fundamental structures of British Labour Law.

2. Show evidence of having completed legal research in order to demonstrate competence in locating and using both primary and secondary sources of Labour Law as well as doctrinal and theoretical perspectives on European law.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how different categories of Labour Law operate in specific fields of legal practice.

4. Elucidate the principles on which Labour Law is based in specific fields of practice and how they operate in practice.

5. Apply the relevant legal principles to the resolution and clarification of theoretical and/or practical problems which raise issues relating to aspects of Labour Law.

Brief description

​The module will promote understanding of the way in which social, political and economic factors have influenced the development and current position of law governing the employer/employee relationship, enable students to analyse and assess the conflicts between the rights of employers and employee, the balance between discriminating factors and business needs and the complex interrelationship between the legislature and the courts in formulating the law relating to this subject


1. The scope and character of the subject; History, context and character of British Labour Law
2. International and European Dimension
3. The nature and creation of the employment contract
4. The terms of the contract and their variation
5. Termination of the contract
6. Unfair dismissal
7. Anti-discrimination legislation
8. Legislation concerning the 'work-life' balance

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Seminar discussions will develop individual and group presentation and oral argument.
Improving own Learning and Performance The seminar participation and exam will develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and exam.
Personal Development and Career planning An important field of modern legal practice.
Problem solving Seminar discussion / preparation and debate.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and exam.
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding relevant materials in the field of Labour Law primarily case law and academic analysis
Team work Group activities and discussion in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 5