LAW5358 - Current issues in workplace law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 1 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


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Previously coded as LAW7310


This unit will examine significant and contemporary issues in employment and labour relations law that arise in response to changes in legislation. Key court decisions, international developments, and government-, business- and union-driven approaches will be analysed. 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 completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to the specific topics in contemporary issues in workplace law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to current issues in workplace law and have a thorough understanding of the wider legal, economic, social, international and comparative dimensions associated with those topics
  • Conduct research in topics covered in Current Issues in Workplace Law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to Current Issues in Workplace Law


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%


Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%

Workload requirements

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

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