LW3DL-Discrimination Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Miss Rachel Horton

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

Type of module:

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

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

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

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
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.

Assessment 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: 20 April 2018


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