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Employment Law - JURD7328
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: LAWS1001 and LAWS1011; Corequisite: LAWS2311.
Excluded: LAWS3028
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Employment law is and will be relevant to all students throughout their lives, as well as being particularly topical presently. JURD7328 - Employment Law will cover the study of individual employment relationships in Australia. Students will learn to distinguish employee / employer relationships from other relationships in which work is performed, and will learn about formation, duration and termination of the contract of employment; terms expressed, implied or otherwise incorporated into the contract of employment; the rights and liabilities of employers and employees under contract, legislation, awards and industrial instruments; limits on employer prerogative; and remedies available to employers and employees for breach of employment contracts, regulations or awards. To ensure that students find the course relevant, Employment Law will draw on student experiences, case law, and the use of hypotheticals.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The course aims to:
  • Familiarise students with the laws governing the employment of individuals
  • Assist students to understand the context within which these laws operate
  • Encourage students to relate this law to their own experiences
  • Challenge students to view these laws from a critical perspective
  • Stimulate students to communicate intelligently and articulately on the topic of employment law
  • Facilitate students to develop the ability to research employment law topics
On conclusion of this course students should be able to:
  • Distinguish employment contracts from other contracts for the performance of work
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of employment law to solve relevant problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the context within which these laws operate
  • View these laws from a critical perspective
  • Relate what they have studied in this course to their own experiences, and to the world around them
  • Communicate intelligently and articulately on the topic of employment law
  • Conduct research on employment law topics


This will be determined in consultation with students in the first week of semester.

Course Texts

Exact materials to be advised, but reading for this course will include printed course materials, material available on the Employment Law WebCT Vista site, and materials accessible via AUSTLII.

Additional references will be available via the Employment Law WebCT Vista site.


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.
The course is supported by a WebCT vista site.

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