Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Employment Law

Course summary

Course code: LAW1164
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: International Bus and Economics
Course Coordinator(s): Shona Newmark


Pre and co requisites



This course equips students with an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of workers and management within the workplace. It provides students with the opportunity to analyse major areas of employment law from a very practical perspective and stimulates dialogue.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Extend your practical knowledge of employment law.
2. Research a particular area of employment law in depth, using paper-based and electronic sources.
3. Apply employment law succinctly and concisely to fact based workplace scenarios to provide advice in particular workplace situations.
4. Understand the role of employment law in society and in employer/employee relationships.
5. Appreciate legal issues within a business or industrial relations context.
6. Interpret and clearly apply law relating to the workplace in an analytical, reasoned and critical manner.

Indicative content

- Contracts of Employment; types of clauses and appreciation of express and implied terms, written and oral terms,
- Termination of an employment contract,
- A clear understanding of wrongful dismissal; unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and summary dismissal ,
- Further analysis of Unfair Dismissal in terms of reason and process to follow based on that reason,
- Particular emphasis on Redundancy,
- Equality Act 2010, including an understanding of direct, indirect discrimination and harassment and vicitimisation in light of protected characteristics,
- Particular review of disability discrimination
- Enforcement of rights and Employment Tribunals and Settlements.

Teaching and learning activity

Seminar sessions will adopt an interactive workshop style and involve (as appropriate to the particular topic and the time available) following on from the topic having been outlined in a lecture, using group work and discussions, case studies, quizzes, role play, question and answer, debates, presentations etc.
Resources will be placed on the course Moodle site as appropriate as the course progresses including power point slides, exercises, website links, official guides, codes of practice, policy and consultation documents and relevant legal cases, journal articles and press coverage.


Essay - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Outline Details - A legal essay based upon the material covered in the course. 3,000 words.

Formative Assessment - Classroom discussion and feedback on student essay plans.