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Workplace Law in Context (11195.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit examines:
* the sources and content of the workplace relationship - common law, statute, awards and agreements;
* the nature and dynamics of Australian culture, particularly in relation to those of minority status - those who are most vulnerable to discrimination and harassment in the workplace; what behaviours constitute discrimination and harassment; why they take place;
* regulatory frameworks in relation to:
- industrial action
- unfair dismissal, unlawful termination and adverse action
- discrimination
- bullying and harassment
- work, health and safety; and
* dispute resolution processes available to workplace participants and their application.

This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the sources of workplace law in Australia;

2. Understand and explain the framework of rights and obligations applying to employees, employers and other workplace participants;

3. Discuss and critically analyse key contemporary issues in workplace law;

4. Analyse frameworks for dispute resolution and identify appropriate solutions to case examples; and

5. Demonstrate a critical analysis of law related problems from a socio-legal and holistic perspective.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week during Weeks 1-6 and Weeks 12-13. Then 3 hours of online videocasts and discussion per week during Weeks 7-11.


Must have passed at least 36 credit points including
a) 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice OR
b) 11174 Introduction to Management AND 11191 Managing Human Capital OR
c) 11220 Business Law.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7906 Employment Law

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