EMPL2309 Work and the Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Work and Employment Relations major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Management and Commerce, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit introduces students to the relationship between employer and employee, drawing on issues, policies and developments within industrial relations. It explores relevant legislation and its impact on the workplace, examining specific areas of regulation including minimum standards, awards, enterprise agreements, dismissal, discrimination, industrial action and safety.
Students are able to (1) gain knowledge of (a) common law principles relating to the formation, performance and termination of the contract of employment; (b) federal legislation relating to the workplace; (c) reform of rights and obligations of employers and employees; and (d) issues, policies and developments in industrial relations and (2) demonstrate (a) oral communication skills; (b) research skills; and (c) analytical skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial work; (2) take home assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Joanna Vincent
Unit rules
EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations;
EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
LAWS3309 Workplace Law
LAWS2309 Work and the Law
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.