Employment Law

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Employment Law

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    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:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Grace James
    Email: c.g.james@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;
    Identify and discuss key issues in the regulation of collective bargaining, trade union organisation and industrial action.
    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
    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 70
    Written assignment including essay 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    One assessed essay of 6 pages formatted in accordance with the rules as set out in the School Guide (Programme Assessment).
    Relevant percentage of coursework: 30%.
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener 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:
    Re-sit any failed element: re-examination in September or/and submit a new piece of coursework on a new topic by August/September.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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