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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Develops a knowledge of employment law, industrial law and industrial relations relevant for legal advisers and law in relation to the Federal jurisdictions and legal issues involving both the employer and employee are discussed.

Unit content

Part 1: The law of work
Topic 1 Introduction - The law of work in context
Topic 2 The Australian Industrial Relations System

Part 2: Employment law
Topic 3 The subject of the law of work
Topic 4 The limits of the contract of employment
Topic 5 Employment rights and responsibilities
Topic 6 Enforcing rights and responsibilities

Part 3: Workplace standards & rights
Topic 7 Work standards
Topic 8 Security at work
Topic 9 Security from dismissal

Part 4: Bargaining
Topic 10 Bargaining and disputes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 evaluate the influence of economic, political, social and cultural factors on the continuing development of the industrial relations system. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 critically analyse the principles and policies underlying the Australian Industrial Relations system. Intellectual rigour Creativity
3 explain and evaluate the legal framework of the Australian Industrial Relations system, including key legislative and common law principles; Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 evaluate the legal issues and obligations involved in the employment relationship and in industrial disputes and apply the laws accurately to these. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the influence of economic, political, social and cultural factors on the continuing development of the industrial relations system.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. critically analyse the principles and policies underlying the Australian Industrial Relations system.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. explain and evaluate the legal framework of the Australian Industrial Relations system, including key legislative and common law principles;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. evaluate the legal issues and obligations involved in the employment relationship and in industrial disputes and apply the laws accurately to these.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Students must acquire or have regular access to the prescribed text: Owens, R, Riley, J & Murray, J, 2011, The Law of Work, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195568813.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.