Module Catalogue 2023/24

LAW3020 : Employment Law

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Keith Patten
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



- To impart knowledge and develop critical awareness of the principal areas of the law of England and Wales relating to employment.
- To develop an appreciation of the distinctive institutions of English employment law.
- To compare employment rights in England and Wales with European and international standards.
- To develop an appreciation of the recent history of the reform of employment law.

Outline Of Syllabus

Structure, administration and purposes of employment law
The contract of employment
Unfair dismissal and redundancy

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Structure, administration and purposes of employment law
The contract of employment
Unfair dismissal and redundancy

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject Specific Skills

Legal problem-solving. Ability to identify relevant issues, apply relevant concepts, principles and rules, identify evidence needed, make judgements and reach supported conclusions on the basis of sound and informed reasoning.
Ability to write and speak with care and precision in the analysis and synthesis of the law.
Ability to structure argument and analysis.
Ability to identify issues for research and to retrieve accurate and relevant legal and other sources in primary and secondary form, both in paper and digital formats.

Cognitive Skills

Analysis, identifying and ordering issues by relevance and importance.
Synthesis of materials from diverse sources.
Critical judgement, discernment between the merits or otherwise of particular arguments.
Evaluation, making a reasoned choice between competing solutions or arguments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00Pre-recorded lectures covering essay feed forward, feedback and revision/exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1107:00107:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Live online Q&A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures as the principal method of teaching is justified by the technical nature of the subject and the need to provide initial exposition to assist students in achieving the knowledge base. Seminars focus strongly on skills outcomes and especially the problem solving skill required. Seminars also provide an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application. The private study takes the form of directed reading and study following on from lectures and lecture materials, and in preparing for seminars. It also includes self directed study for the assessed coursework which will bring together the knowledge and cognitive skills.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1351A75Inspera Digital Exam. Three questions from a choice of six
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M251500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The use of an examination is made to provide an opportunity to demonstrate understanding and skills. In particular, the medium is suitable for problem solving and, further it allows candidates to demonstrate learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus. The coursework is justified in that it enables candidates to demonstrate the outcome of research, written communication and the ability to show depth of understanding together with a range of cognitive skills.

Alternative assessment for exam: if the exam cannot take place due to public health circumstances, it will be replaced with a 24 hour take home exam.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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