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Course 2021-2022 a.y.

50162 - LABOUR LAW (EUROPEAN SOCIAL LAW)

Department of Law

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

DSBA (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  IUS/07)
Course Director:
ELENA GRAMANO

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: ELENA GRAMANO


Suggested background knowledge

The course requires a basic knowledge of domestic Labour Law and EU Law.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The Course is aimed at providing a general introduction on European Social Law in the different spheres of individual and collective labour law issues.

CONTENT SUMMARY

– The Course aims at providing a general introduction on the main elements of International Labour Law with a specific emphasis on the so called European Social Law in the different spheres of individual and collective labour issues.

– Some elements about the so-called International Labour Standards and specific themes and material aspects of European Labour Law will be explored in more detail. These include: Freedom of Movement of Workers, Precarious employment, Protection against Discrimination, Business Reorganization, Transfer of Undertakings and Collective bargaining at European level, to list but a few.

 

– Where possible and useful, reference will also be made to the national systems of Labour Law of the EU Member States.

 


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • 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.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • 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.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
  • Participation in external competitions
DETAILS

– 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.

– From the second week on, each topic will be introduced by the teacher and then discussed with students in class.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    – 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.

    – From the second week on, each topic will be introduced by the teacher and then discussed with students in class.

    – Each student is expected to work in a group of 3-4 people on an assigned topic, which shall be the object of

    a)        an oral presentation of 15 min. to be held at the end of the course;

    b)         written essay (max 8.000 words, footnotes included) – only one per group!

    – Groups will be formed in principle on a voluntary basis

    – The topics will be assigned before the spring break

    – Oral presentations will take place in the last week(s) of the course

    – Groups will deliver their written essay 10 days after the presentation.

     

    The final evaluation of students attending the course will be based on a three-step basis:

    a)        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 15 points*;

    b)         individual performance in a written exam, with two open questions on legal questions and cases (2 hours, no space limits): up to 15 points**;

    c)          the final point (cum laude) will be granted at the discretion of the docents to outstanding students, who actively participated in class and produced an excellent essay and final exam.

     

    The final grade will result from the sum of these three partial marks.

     

    *As to the group assignments (up to 15 points):

    a)          the task: each group will be asked to analyse and discuss  a legal issue;

    b)          each group is free to decide how to organise the oral presentation;

    c)           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;

    d)          assessment will take into account both the oral and the written performance

    e)          relevant criteria for the assessment: (i) coverage of all the relevant legislative and case law materials, (ii) capacity to critically address all the relevant issues raised by the task, (iii) consistency of the proposed solution, logical order and clarity of exposition.

     

    **As to the written exam (up to 15 points):

    a)          there will be 2 open questions (1 h) only on the topics analysed and discussed in class during the whole course, including those presented by the groups of students;

    b)          individual preparation should focus on (i) compulsory reading materials, (ii) slides used during the lessons, (iii) notes taken during the lessons;

    c)           the use of materials during the exams will not be permitted;

    d)          the questions for students who have attended the course will be, therefore, completely different from those that will be asked to non-attending students.

     

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Students who do not attend the course and who do not wish to participate to the groups’ will be assessed on the sole basis of a written exam with 3 open questions (1h) about the contents of all reading materials, including the textbook, and all papers and CJEU rulings uploaded on BBoard. The use of materials during the exams will not be permitted.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The Student’s Handbook for the Course of “European Social Law” is:

    • Materials of European Social Law, EGEA, 2021.
    • Other materials and, particularly, some important decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that will be discussed in class will be available within the Students’ Handbook.
    Last change 06/12/2021 10:44