LAWS30029 Employment Law

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour workshop per week)
Total Time Commitment:

136 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least 100 points of undergraduate study before enrolling in this subject. The subject level is an indicator as to the difficulty of the subject and expected workload.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed the below subject are not permitted to take LAWS30029 Employment Law:

  • LAWS30029 Work and the Law
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Assessment and Results Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support.


Assoc Prof Anna Chapman


Contact Stop 1

Subject Overview:

A survey of the law governing employment and human resource management, in a policy context.

This subject includes analysis of:

  • Recruitment and contract formation;
  • Employment standards such as wages and leave entitlements;
  • Bullying at work;
  • Collective bargaining; and
  • Performance management and dismissal.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed the subject should have:

  • Acquired a general knowledge of the law that governs employment and human resource management;
  • Obtained an understanding of key aspects of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the main case law interpreting those parts of the Act;
  • Obtained an understanding of anti-discrimination legislation and work health and safety statutes; and
  • Acquired specialised knowledge in key areas of employment law of relevance to policy debates in the field.
  • Class participation (10%);
  • 2,000 word essay on one of several questions set by the subject coordinator, due by the end of week 6 (30%); and
  • Two-hour open-book examination, during the examination period (60%).

The due date of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Specialist printed materials will be available from the University Co-Op Bookshop. These materials will also be available online via the LMS.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Breadth Track(s): Law - Business and Work Law

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