Labour Law - LW624

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5)




This module is only available to Law or joint honours law students.



This module is concerned with contemporary labour law. It combines legal analysis and the transmission of practical legal skills with a highly contextual and interdisciplinary understanding of the labour law and regulatory debates around labour regulation. To that end, workshops will feature extended discussion on key aspects of contemporary labour legislation using scholarly texts. Students will also study key legal aspects of the modern employment relationship including the contract of employment, statutory employment protection provisions (for example unfair dismissal and redundancy protection), anti-discrimination legislation and provisions for reconciling work and family life (e.g. pregnancy protection and parental leave). The module will also explore selected aspects of collective labour law including the role and status of trade unions, the legal regulation of collective bargaining and/or the regulation of industrial conflict. The module seeks to combine a detailed knowledge of fundamental key aspects of labour law with the development of broader conceptual, critical and evaluative perspectives on workplace regulation.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

A two hour weekly workshop totalling 20 hours approximately.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of an essay of 5000 words.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will;

- have the ability to demonstrate a clear and detailed understanding of the concepts, rules and principles which apply in labour law through:- engagement with current research; legal analysis of concrete situations in the form of legal problems; and being able to give an accurate and informed account, making appropriate references to cases and statutes, of particular areas of law, their practical application, and wider social and political implications;
- understand the complex relationship between current law and economic, social, and political concepts and dynamics relating to labour;
- appreciate and be able to discuss in detail, key concepts and current regulatory dilemmas pertaining to labour such as flexible working, new economic forms, precarious labour, migration, the care debate, and other contemporary debates in labour law and theory;
- engage with current research and scholarly reviews to appreciate the significance of, critiques of, and alternatives to, rights-based claims and/or collective bargaining by activists and other social actors in mobilising around labour;
- identify through engaging with current scholarship and research, the wide range of influences on legal discourse, policy, and law-making in relation to labour, including concepts from political theory, the social sciences, contemporary culture and the humanities;
- appreciate the intersection of concepts of gender and sexuality with concepts of race, religion, disability and class both historically and contemporaneously, and the effects of those intersections on legal theory, practice, and activism as they pertain to current debates in labour regulation.

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