This unit of study examines the legal regulation of work relationships in Australia in the 21st century. The course is designed to equip students with a broad understanding of the legal rules, principles and institutions which form Australia's system of workplace relations and to place that system in its global context. The course concentrates primarily on the employment relationship (distinct from other types of commercial arrangements under which work is performed) and will examine the way in which that relationship is regulated by private contract law and statute. The course offers both a theoretical and practical focus. Students are invited to reflect on the role of legal regulation of work relationships, and to critically assess the effectiveness of Australia's laws. By completing this unit of study, student should acquire: - A general understanding of the system of workplace relations in Australia, and the way that system has developed in recent years. - Knowledge and understanding of the legal responsibilities of employers and employees at the workplace. - A working knowledge of the framework and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
1x3hr seminar/wk (evening stream)
3000wd research assignment (40%) which students may undertake individually or in groups and 2 hour open book exam (60%)
Macken's Law of Employment 8th ed, (2016, Thomson Reuters)
LAWS3023 or LAWS5146