BSc Management (Marketing) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Employment Law

Unit code BMAN31962
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Employment status, contracts of employment, discrimination; equal pay, unfair dismissal, redundancy, transfers of undertakings, health and safety; freedom of association and trade union membership and activities, employee consultation and information rights; industrial action.


Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism; IMABS; IM.

Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism; IMABS; IM.


The course aims to give students a sound basic understanding of the principles of individual and collective Employment Law, together with an insight into the extent to which the law recognises the essentially 'social' and multi-dimensional nature of the employment relationship. This will include an understanding of the growing influence of both human rights and, most crucially, European Union law on the domestic legal framework of employment. We will at all times seek to place our study of ongoing and continuous developments in this area of the law in their broader historical, political and public policy context, including recent and current issues of new forms of business models and employment law implications (i.e. the case of the gig-economy). 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should:

(1) be able to distinguish between and evaluate the various sources of Employment Law;

(2) understand the key principles of individual and collective Employment Law;

(3) be able to apply skills of critical analysis and logical thought in dealing with legal materials;

(4) have acquired the ability to identify the existence of potential legal issues in a given factual situation and to apply relevant legal principles to the analysis of those issues;

(5) be able to assess the impact of Employment Law on the exercise of managerial prerogatives and employee rights.

Teaching and learning methods

-          Lectures and in-lecture exercises

-          Seminars and group discussions  

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Drop in Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with)

Assessment methods

One 3hr exam (100%): 2 questions from 6 in three hours 

Feedback methods

• Informal advice and discussion during lectures and seminars.
• Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
• Specific course related feedback sessions.
• Face to face and written feedback on both assessed andnon-assessed coursework.
• Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

Recommended reading

Cabrelli: Employment Law in Context (3rd ed., Oxford, 2018).

Collins, Ewing & McColgan: Labour Law (2nd ed., Cambridge, 2019).

Daniels: Introduction to Employment Law (5th ed., Kogan Page, 2019).

Lewis & Sargeant: Employment Law, The essentials (15th ed., Kogan Page, 2020).

Smith, Baker & Warnock: Smith and Wood’s Employment Law (13th ed., Oxford, 2017).


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Lectures 27.5
Seminars 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 164.5

Additional notes

Programme Restrictions: Only available to students on BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism; IMABS; IM.


For Academic Year 2020/21

Updated: March 2020 

Approved by: March UG Committee

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