LW3EMP-Employment Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: LW1CON Contract
Non-modular pre-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 deals with the legal regulation of employment relationships.

This module aims to examine the law governing employment relationships. By examining the legal rules in their historical, social, economic and political context, the module adopts a critical approach to the way that employment relationships are constituted and regulated.

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

  • Identify and explain the institutional framework, dispute resolution procedures and sources of employment law;
  • Assess critically the concept of employment and how an employment relationship is constituted;
  • Advise on particular matters of law relating to the subsistence of that relationship and to its termination.

Additional outcomes:
The module will also develop IT, oral presentation, and research skills.

Outline content:

  • The historical development and institutional framework of employment law
  • Dispute resolution in the employment context
  • Sources of employment law
  • The concept of employment
  • The employment contract
  • Key issues in the regulation of the employment relationship
  • Termination of employment
  • Collective labour law

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be taught through lectures and tutorials. The lectures (25) will take place in the Autumn term and tutorials (5) in the Spring term. Tutorials will involve structured group discussions and some presentations by students. Throughout the module, emphasis is placed on the student to actively participate in the learning experience. This includes researching the subject independently and being fully prepared for tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75 95
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
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 three-hour examination paper counting for 100% of the marks. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-sit any failed element: re-examination in August.
    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):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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