LW3DL-Discrimination Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Miss Rachel Horton

Email: r.e.horton@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module involves the study of discrimination law in the employment context and beyond.

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of certain key areas of discrimination law at a national and European level as well as a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives on discrimination law.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

•Identify the sources of discrimination law in the UK
•Critically evaluate competing theories on the aims and limits of discrimination law
•Explain and apply the key legal concepts in discrimination law
•Identify the grounds of prohibited discrimination and the scope of the legal protection available for each ground
•Apply selected areas of substantive discrimination law to practical problems

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop oral presentation and communication skills in seminars and research skills in preparation for seminars and the (non-assessed) written work.

Outline content:
•History, Sources and Institutions of Discrimination Law with a particular focus on the role of the EU
•Concepts of Equality and the Aims of Discrimination Law
•The Scope of Discrimination Law
•Key Concepts in Discrimination Law
•Substantive Law relating to discrimination, e.g. on grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age and pay

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will consist of ten two-hour seminars - one every fortnight, for two terms, with a one week break during each term during which students are expected to work on their assessed work and self study topic (see below). The seminars will involve structured group discussion and brief oral presentation of material by students. In addition, to encourage independent learning, students will be required to complete a self study exercise. A handout will be provided with suggested reading and issues to consider and students will be expected to make their own notes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 10
Guided independent study 90 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
One assessed essay of 5 pages formatted in accordance with the rules as set out in the School Guide.
Relative percentage of coursework: 30%.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination paper counting for 70% of the marks. Two questions to be answered from a selection of questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements: See School Guide (Programme Assessment), but note that only the failed element(s) must be retaken with marks for the passed element being carried forward.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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