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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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.

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.
2 critically analyse the principles and policies underlying the Australian Industrial Relations system.
3 explain and evaluate the legal framework of the Australian Industrial Relations system, including key legislative and common law principles;
4 evaluate the legal issues and obligations involved in the employment relationship and in industrial disputes and apply the laws accurately to these.

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.
  2. critically analyse the principles and policies underlying the Australian Industrial Relations system.
  3. explain and evaluate the legal framework of the Australian Industrial Relations system, including key legislative and common law principles;
  4. evaluate the legal issues and obligations involved in the employment relationship and in industrial disputes and apply the laws accurately to these.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.