Course Title: Labour Relations Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Labour Relations Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Russell Solomon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8256

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Introduction to Law HUSO2235 or its equivalent before you commence this course. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course adopts a socio-legal approach to labour law – with emphasis on dispute resolution processes. You will learn about the historical and political context of labour law and the development of labour laws in Australia. The course will cover the principles and rules governing employment relationships, as well as the statutory frameworks and institutions regulating industrial relations, enterprise bargaining, and work conditions in Australia including Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the role of Fair Work Australia. You will consider contemporary issues around race, ethnicity, class, gender and discrimination in the workplace. You will learn about dispute resolution techniques such as conciliation and arbitration and remedies for breaches of employment contracts. You will apply your knowledge and skills to legal problem solving and legal reasoning in contemporary and real - world contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

PLO1: Apply a body of professional, theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the socio-legal field and primary dispute resolution processes 

PLO2: Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to social-legal issues and dispute resolution in local and international contexts 

PLO3:  Contextualise specific social-legal and conflict resolution based knowledge according to socially and culturally diverse environments 

PLO5: Assist in the identification of needs and the design and planning  of research in the socio-legal field 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically examine the context of Australian employment laws and the rights and obligations that arise in employment relationships
  2. Critically appraise the principles, statutory frameworks, and institutions regulating labour relations in local and international contexts
  3. Apply principles and rules governing the employment relationship to real world problems and devise solutions
  4. Analyse and discuss the future direction of labour law reform

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. The course may be delivered online in modules. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks   Assessment Task 1: Presentation, 30% (CLO1, CLO2)   Assessment Task 2: Research Essay, 40% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4)   Assessment Task 3: In-class Test, 30% (CLO1, CLO3)  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long- term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.