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Employment Protection Law - JURD7432
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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: LAWS3432
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Employment Protection Law considers general issues relating to employment in Australia and world wide. The course takes a broad thematic approach. It begins by looking at labour in an international context, discussing the role of the International Labour Organisation, international labour standards, and the ‘globalisation’ of labour. The course will then cover a range of issues, which may include topics such as the ILO’s 'decent work' standards; rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining; regulation of wages, working hours and leave entitlements; job security in the context of the economic pressures of globalisation on domestic business; workplace safety; workers' rights to privacy; protection for whistle blowers; discrimination in the work place etc.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The course aims to:
  • Familiarise students with issues in labour law
  • Familiarise students with international labour standards
  • Assist students to understand the context within labour laws and standards operate
  • Challenge students to view this area from a critical perspective
  • Stimulate students to communicate intelligently and articulately on the topic of labour law
  • Assist students to develop research skills in the labour law area

On conclusion of this course students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the context within labour laws and practices 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 labour law topics
  • Engage in informed debate on labour law and practice
  • Conduct independent research on the topic of labour law


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


Owens R and Riley J The Law of Work (OUP, Melbourne, 2007)
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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