Labour Law - LW624

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the concepts, rules and principles, and their practical application, across the breadth of labour law.
2. Critically evaluate the significance of (and misuse of) employment status as a gateway to employment rights.
3. Critically evaluate the suitability of the employment contract and other theoretical alternatives as a means of conceiving and regulating employment relationships.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse influences that shape UK labour law including the role of trade unions and the impact of EU law and jurisprudence.
5. Use the knowledge of the law gained, and of its contextual and socio-economic underpinnings, to critically analyse and evaluate labour law's role and effectiveness in regulating employment in UK, including potential reforms.
6. Demonstrate understanding of the comparative merits of the different routes of enforcing particular employment rights.
7. Demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the economic, social, and political context of labour law.
8. Critically evaluate the impact of labour law and policy on those with particular characteristics.

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