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The Politics Of Labour Law LAW4095

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an advanced level investigation into theories of labour law, labour rights and human rights, and current legal and policy issues arising in the field. We aim to start by placing the development of labour law and employment relations concepts in theoretical, historical and political context and then, building on these discussions, to focus on particular questions of law and policy.


Weekly 2-hour seminars - day and time to be advised.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory: Admission is reserved to LL.B students in their fourth year.

Optional: A pass in level 2 Labour Law is not a prerequisite for the course, however, if there are more than 20 applications for places, preference will be given to students who have performed well in that class.

Excluded Courses





Written assignments
A research essay of 4,000 words. Topics will be made available, but students are able to choose their own topic so long as it has been approved by the course convenor. The due date will be around Easter, the precise date to be announced at the start of second semester. This will be worth
40% of the final mark.


There will be a compulsory
3 hour examination held in the May-June diet. Three questions from around eight or nine. This will be worth 60% of the final mark.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

· To introduce the students to some of the seminal writings and theories in labour law
· To place the development of labour law and industrial relations concepts in theoretical, historical and political context
· To assist students in developing a critical understanding of the role of law in industrial and employment relations
· To enhance the students' understanding of some contemporary issues in labour law

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students should:
· Be familiar with a range of jurisprudential and political analyses of labour law and industrial relations institutions
· Be able to assess critically the differences between diverse theoretical approaches to labour law
· Understand and be able to assess trends in the development of industrial relations and employment policy
· Be able to develop and articulate a critical understanding of the role of law in industrial and employment relations

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

The minimum requirement for the award of credit is that the candidate submits all elements of the assessment for the course.