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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2011 (On-campus split block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Marilyn Pittard


This unit will examine significant and contemporary issues in employment and labour relations law that arise in response to changes in legislation. Key count decisions, international developments, and government-, business- and union-driven approaches. Comparative aspects, where relevant, will illuminate the issues selected, and areas of law reform will also be discussed. The unit has a contemporary nature and current issues will be the focus. The content of the unit may vary each time it is offered.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a detailed knowledge of the law relating to the specific topics that are selected for analysis
  2. have a thorough understanding of the wider legal, economic and social dimensions associated with those specific topics
  3. be aware of the limitations of the current law that applies to the relevant issue and of proposals for reform
  4. understand the relevant issues from a selected comparative perspective
  5. understand the international aspects that relate to the particular issues.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Marilyn Pittard

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)