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 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Russell Solomon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8256

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.6

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed HUSO2235 Introduction to Law 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 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically examine the context of Australian employment laws and the rights and obligations that arise in employment relationships;
  • Critically appraise the principles, statutory frameworks, and institutions regulating labour relations in local and international contexts;
  • Apply principles and rules governing the employment relationship to real world problems and devise solutions;
  • Apply theoretical and practical skills in the practice of conciliation and arbitration
  • Outline dispute resolution processes appropriate to culturally diverse environments;
  • Hypothesise the future direction of labour law and relevant dispute resolution processes and formulate ideas for law reform;

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on advanced theories, principles, philosophies in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Use a range of communication, conflict management and teamwork skills to work productively with a diverse range of people in justice environments

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, case studies, videos, online activities and student lead discussions

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There may be a prescribed text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

  • You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, tests and quizzes, presentations, team work, problem solving tasks, role playing, and essay writing.
  • 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: