Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Employment Law

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS30272
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


Introduction to Employment Law

Employment Status

The Contract of Employment: Express and Implied Terms

Rights in Employment: Anti-Discrimination

Statutory Employment Rights: Working Time and Minimum Wage

Termination of Employment: Dismissal and Redundancy

Business Restructuring

Industrial Action and the Right to Strike


Are you interested in who has the rights at work, what rights such people have, how these rights are protected and enforced, where these rights can be found, when such rights can come into existence and why certain rights are protected at work? Then this course will hopefully inspire you to answer these questions and to reflect on the important role individual and collective employment rights play, not only in the workplace, but in shaping the society in which we live. This course will teach you the relevant knowledge and skills needed to answer these important questions. Focus will also be placed on topical issues such as zero-hour contracts, equal pay and the emergence of new forms of work such as gig work. The challenges COVID-19 brought to the fore for the world of employment will also be examined.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course unit, the student should be able to:

Understand the fundamental theoretical premises of employment law

Identify key issues and legal provisions in employment law.

Recognise and understand relevant case law.

Critically evaluate the effectiveness of employment law in the UK.

Understand employment rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees.

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered through blended teaching methods, mixing synchronous and asynchronous formats (full detailed arrangements TBC).

Lecture hours (32) are planned to be delivered asynchronously (via a combination of recorded sessions, gradual release of complementary material, and forms of online student engagement).

Seminar hours (5), in five fortnightly sessions, are currently planned to be delivered either face to face or synchronously online (live, face to face, via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate).

10 hours of (weekly) direction and feedback drop in direction, planned to be delivered online.

The delivery of lectures will be traditionally led.

Seminars will be seminar taker led and will involve group work.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Formative assessment with individual feedback provided on submitted answers (TBC) Written feedback will be given on exam answers and one to one feedback sessions will be made available.

Outlines of issues will be provided after the examination.

Recommended reading

D. Cabrelli, Employment Law in Context (OUP, 2018).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 32
Seminars 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 163.2

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ricardo Matias Buendia Esteban Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Annotated statute books permitted in examination.


Restricted to: LLB (Law); LLB (Law with Criminology); LLB (Law with Politics) and BA (Law with Politics).

This course is available to incoming study abroad studentsproviding they have some knowledge of the law.

Pre-requisites: Compulsory year 1 Law school courses Timetable

See Law School timetable

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