50162 - LABOUR LAW (EUROPEAN SOCIAL LAW)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
Basic knowledge of European Union Law and domestic Labour Law is suggested.
The Course is aimed at providing a general introduction on European Social Law in the different spheres of individual and collective labour law issues.
- Specific themes and material aspects of European Labour Law are explored in more detail. These include: Freedom of Movement of Workers, Precarious employment, Protection against Discrimination, Business Reorganisation, Transfer of Undertakings and Employee Involvement in the undertaking, to list but a few.
- Where possible and useful, reference is also made to the national systems of Labour Law of the EU member states.
- Identify and analyse the regulatory framework of the European labour market.
- Explain the historical background knowledge of labour law in general within the EU.
- Recognize and illustrate the key steps in the evolution of notions, concepts and legal interventions at the European level.
- Analyse and undestand a set of key rulings and decision by the European Court of Justice.
- Understand, assess and connect the most important material aspects of EU Labour Law.
- Apply EU labour legislation to practical cases.
- Evaluate and predict current and future trends.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Group assignments
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
- Participation in external competitions
- Students are expected to read and come prepared to discuss the readings uploaded on Bboard, to think about a number of legal questions before the lesson and to participate actively in class discussion.
- Starting from the second week, each topic is introduced by the teacher and then discussed with students in class.
- Each student is expected to work in a group of 2-3 people on an assigned topic, which shall be the object of:
- Class participation.
- An oral presentation of 20 min.
- A written essay (max 8.000 words) – only one per group.
- Groups are formed in principle on a voluntary basis.
- The topics are assigned before the spring break.
- Oral presentations take place in the three or two last weeks of the course.
- Groups deliver their written essay 7 days after the presentation.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Students attending the course are assessed on a three-step basis:
- Individual participation in class discussions: up to 3 bonus points rounding up the final grade*.
- Group performance, on the basis of the oral presentation, the following discussion and the written essay (same grade for all members of the group!): up to 12 points**.
- Individual performance in a written exam, with open questions on legal questions and cases (3 hours time, no space limits): up to 18 points***.
The final grade results from the sum of these three partial marks.
- *As to participation in discussions in class (up to 3 bonus points), relevant criteria are:
- Knowledge of the materials uploaded online
- Ability to develop personal standpoints about the legal issues discussed in class.
- **As to the group assignments (up to 12 points):
- The task: each group is asked to analyse and discuss with the class a legal issue;
- Each group is free to decide how to organise the oral presentation.
- A written paper on the task, taking into account suggestions and criticisms raised in the discussion, shall be delivered within a week after the presentation.
- Assessment takes into account both the oral and the written performance
- Relevant criteria for the assessment:
- Coverage of all the relevant legislative and case law materials.
- Capacity to critically address all the relevant issues raised by the task.
- Consistency of the proposed solution, logical order and clarity of exposition.
- ***As to the written exam (up to 18 points):
- There are 2 open questions only on the topics analysed and discussed in class during the whole course, including those presented by the groups of students;
- Individual preparation should focus on:
- Compulsory reading materials.
- Slides used during the lessons.
- Notes taken during the lessons.
Full study of the textbook is not required: only some selected excerpts of it is relevant.
Students who do not attend the course are assessed on the sole basis of a written exam with 2 open questions about the contents of all reading materials, including the textbook, various papers and ECJ rulings uploaded on Bboard.
- The Student’s Handbook for the Course of “European Social Law” is: European Social Law, EGEA 2021
- Other materials and the ECJ decisions that are discussed in class are provided on the Bboard space. A reading list is given below for each class.