Advanced Issues in Employment Law

Module code: M6012
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Distance exam, Coursework

This module will take a birds-eye, theoretical and critical, view on central issues in Employment. The course is designed to explore and evaluate the most important recent legal developments in the field, to engage with academic and policy debates. A central aim is to explore the role of labour market regulation in the light of the key challenges to legal regulation of labour markets, such as the influence of global economic pressures, the growth of precarious and ‘non-standard’ forms of work. It will also highlight the philosophical foundations of employment, and explore modern challenges such as the relevance of human rights in, and neoliberal pressures on, the workplace.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify key challenges in the contemporary regulation of the UK labour market;
  • Systematically understand key aspects of employment and discrimination law in its social, economic and political context;
  • Comment on and critique the key academic and policy literatures;
  • Critically evaluate the various positions in the debates on the contemporary evolution of the field.