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LAWS6071: Labour Law

2024 unit information

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the principles of labour law. It is designed specifically for MLLR students who do not have a law degree or for any students with a law degree who have not recently undertaken an undergraduate labour law course. The goal of the unit is to equip students with the fundamental principles of labour law that they will need to undertake more advanced labour law units within the MLLR and LLM Degrees. It provides an introduction to the contract of employment and the relevant principles governing the employment relationship, including termination of employment. It then introduces students to the workplace relations framework including collective bargaining and industrial conflict; the modern role of awards and statutory regulation of wages and conditions. The unit is compulsory for students enrolled in the MLLR. However, the requirement to take this unit may be waived upon application to the Program Director if the student can demonstrate proficiency in the unit objectives gained through completing a recent undergraduate law unit in labour law or work experience. Credit will not be granted for WORK6116 Employment and the Law and completion of this unit will not be sufficient to obtain an exemption from this MLLR compulsory unit. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS6071
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS3446 or LAWS5146
Assumed knowledge:
MLLR students must either have a law degree or completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (core) as well as this unit before undertaking the labour law elective units

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the system of workplace relations in Australia, and how this system has developed in recent years
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal responsibilities of employers and employees at the workplace
  • LO3. critically analyse judgments of courts and tribunals on workplace matters
  • LO4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the framework and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
  • LO5. think critically about the substance of labour law and the context in which labour law operates, including consideration of the effectiveness of legislative strategies for the regulation of work
  • LO6. demonstrate interpretation and application of relevant legal principles to fact scenarios

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive May 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 1a 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 1a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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