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Postgraduate Course: European Labour Law (LAWS11294)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed to introduce students to EU Social Policy, EU Labour Law and the overall importance of European Social Policy to the European Programme.

This will include an overview of a range of topics which comprise the subject of European labour law, including European equal treatment law, European equal pay law, family-friendly policies, the protection of part-time and fixed-term employees, the regulation of working time and the safeguards for employees on the restructuring of an undertaking.

This course is particularly suitable for students who would like to practice employment law as a practising lawyer, work as a human resources professional or work in-house as a practising lawyer for a company.

Students from this course go on to work as employment lawyers, human resources professionals or consultants.
Course description By the end of the course, students should have:

* a general understanding of the areas of EU labour law and EU social policy discussed in the course;
* a detailed and specific knowledge of particular areas of EU labour law within this broader framework;
* an understanding of major labour law issues and debates;
* developed skills of reading and critical analysis enabling them to evaluate the work of EU labour law scholars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  32
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay (100%)
Feedback In most of the sessions there are questions dealing with the topic being studied that week. Students are split into groups to consider the questions. Each week a different spokesperson from each group reports back to the class. Feedback is provided on how the questions have been analysed to assist students for the essay questions in the assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and undertanding of the general principles of labour law found in the UE and main legal families in Europe and understand the policies that may underlie a particular EU employment law rule.
  2. Students will be expected to develop skills in comparative and critical analysis of fundamental principles in EU law and the legal systems studied. By the end of the course, students should be able to apply the knowledge attained to a factual situation and advise on the outcome in a comparative context.
  3. Students will be expected to develop key communication skills by a) participating in class discussions and presenting to the class, the outcome of their group discussions on case studies and b) producing an essay setting out the result of independent research
  4. Students will be expected to carry out independent research during the course, both in preparing for class and in completing the assessments. Students will be expected to work as part of a team by participating in the weekly questions posed in class
  5. Students are expected to manage their time appropriately and to work to deadlines in submitting assessments within a short period following release of the assessment problem questions.
Reading List
EU Employment Law by Catherine Barnard
4th Edition by Oxford University Press

Subsequent readings will be provided in class handouts.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills LO 3. Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
* Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
* Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information. Especially, capacity to engage with a holistic assessment of complex policies at the EU and national level.
* Identify the need for and engage with interdisciplinary cooperation to create and implement effective public policies.

LO 4. Skills and abilities in Communication
* Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues, and specialists.
* Participate to a brainstorming and contribute to a collective reflections on issue solving
* Understand a broad variety of sources.

LO 5. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
* Develop their ability to work independently under fixed deadlines.
* Develop their ability to lead and participate in team work.
* Develop their assertiveness with peers and supervising staff.
* Participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
Develop their ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
KeywordsLabour Law,Employment Law,EU Law,EU Social Policy,Discrimination Law,Equality Law,Collective Labour
Course organiserMs Karen McGill
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
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