Employment Law

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Astrid Sanders and Prof Hugh Collins


This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.

Course content

This subject builds on contract and tort, and to some extent public law and EU law, but introduces the distinctive legal regulation of employment relations, such as the law of dismissal and discrimination law, and the institutional arrangements of industrial relations, including trade unions and collective bargaining. Labour law is an important area of legal practice, with employment law disputes representing one of the largest topics of civil litigation.



20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in MT and 2 essays in LT. Although students may be expected to perform a moot instead of one of those essays. 

Indicative reading

For a concise overview of the subject a suggestion is:

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Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Essay (50%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 24

Average class size 2018/19: 24

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills