LAW 7061 - Regulation of Work: Current Issues

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

The course focuses upon the legal regulation of work in the global era. Students will consider the role of the ILO and other supranational institutions involved in labour regulation. In this context, students will also consider themes underpinning debate concerning the meaning of work, the scope and application of labour regulation and the new forms of regulation governing work. The course will draw upon an international and comparative perspective and students will be encouraged to share their own experiences of labour law in their jurisdiction. Topics include precarious work and decent work, migration and labour, trafficking and prostitution, the role of courts and parliament, freedom of expression and work/life boundaries, platform work and the gig economy, human capital and employee mobility and the law regulating dismissal.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 7061
    Course Regulation of Work: Current Issues
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Students without a Bachelor of Laws must have completed LAW 7177
    Assessment Likely to include class discussion and participation, oral presentation and research paper.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Andrew Stewart

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Identify and critically analyse historical and global context in which the legal regulation of work was originally established and now operates;
    2. Identify and apply the fundamental principles which underpin the modern law of work at the global level;
    3. Analyse critically those fundamental principles, especially in the light of the different national, social, cultural and economic contexts in which the law of work operates;
    4. Become skilled in the analysis of case law in relation to work issues in a global world;
    5. Become adept in applying and interpreting statutory regulatory regimes (including international conventions) as they apply to work relations in a globalised world;
    6. Research the law as it relates to work relationships in a globalised world.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no prescribed text, but any of the following books may be useful:

    Andrew Stewart, Stewart's Guide to Employment Law, 7th ed, Federation Press, 2021
    Joellen Riley Munton, Labour Law: An Introduction to the Law of Work, OUP, 2021
    Andrew Stewart, Anthony Forsyth, Mark Irving, Richard Johnstone and Shae McCrystal, Creighton and Stewart's Labour Law (6th ed, Federation Press, 2016
    Joanna Howe and Rosemary Owens (eds), Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era, Hart, 2016

    Recommended Resources
    Specialist Journals and Publications:

    The following journals held in the library are also very useful (many of these journals are also available online- and easily accessible from the Library catalogue):

    Australian Journal of Labour Law;

    Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal;

    Industrial Law Journal (UK);

    International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations; and

    International Labour Review

    The Australian Journal of Labour Law is the leading Australian law journal dealing with the law that is examined in this course. It is an excellent reference resource for students.

    While not specialist law journals, the Journal of Industrial Relations, the Economic and Labour Relations Review and Labour and Industry have many interesting articles about work-related issues in Australi


    • International Labour Organization:

    • Fair Work Commission: 

    • Fair Work Ombudsman: 

    • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations: 

    • Australian Human Rights Commission: 

    • Equal Opportunity Commission (SA): 

    • SafeWorkSA:

    • Australian Council of Trade Unions: 

    • Australian Industry Group: 

    • Australian Chamber of Commerce: 

    • Business Council of Australia: 

    Online Learning

    MyUni will be used to post announcements, provide course materials (includinglecture  slides) and announce assignment tasks.

    Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course is taught in intensive mode on four days.

    Each day there will be a morning and afternoon class session of 3 hours (with a short break in the middle of each session)

    The classes will comprise a mixture of the provision of material in lecture style and seminar discussion. The lecture material will provide the background context to, and an overview of, the subject matter of the various topics in the course and will elucidate some of the connecting themes between these topics.

    The classes will also provide a forum for interaction and discussion between the lecturer and students around specified questions. Before attending classes, students should work through, and prepare answers to, the questions issued before each class. The questions will assist students to structure their learning, and so they are expected to prepare for class in a systematic and serious way: reading relevant materials and, most importantly, thinking about the questions and issues to be addressed in class. The class discussion will provide an opportunity for students to test their understanding of the work that they have completed prior to class, to apply their knowledge to new situations and to extend their knowledge further.

    Active participation in classes is an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed by actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by Adelaide Law School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact class time: this course will be taught intensively on four days. On each of these days there will be a 3 hour class session in the morning and again in the afternoon (a short break in the middle of each session will be scheduled and a longer lunch break will separate the morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled). This will constitute 24 hours of formal class time.

    Preparation time: In addition to attending formal classes it is anticipated that students will do substantial independent work to prepare for class, and to complete course assignments. The University expects full-time students (those undertaking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A schedule of topics to be covered in each class will be provided through the course website.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Length Redeemable Learning Outcome
    Literature review Individual I week after final class 20% 1000 words No 1,2,3,4
    Class participation Individual In class 10% No 1,2,3,4
    Research Essay Individual 5 weeks after final class 70% 4000 words No 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Detail
    1. Literature Review

    Students must select a topic from a list of set topics and write a review of selected literature on that topic. This can then form the basis for the research essay or students may select a different topic for the research essay. The literature review will be up to 1000 words in length and will be due by 2:00pm on the Friday of the week following the final class.

    2. Class participation

    Students are expected to be prepared prior to coming to class. Preparation involves doing the required readings for each module and being ready to discuss these during class. Grades for class participation will be awarded to students for actively engaging with the class materials in a constructive and coherent way. 

    3. Research essay

    The research essay will allow students to select a topic from a list of set essay topics. The research essay topics will build off the topics taught in the course but provide an opportunity for further research. This assessment requires students to develop their own independent research skills using both primary and secondary sources and to develop critical thinking skills. The research essay will up to 4000 words in length and will be due by 2:00pm on the Friday of the fifth week following the final class.
    All assessments will be submitted and monitored through text or code comparative software (e.g. Turnitin) where possible.

    Students will be provided with submission instructions as part of the assessment instructions for each item of assessment which will be made available on MyUni.

    Requests for extensions must be made electronically according to law school policy. Extensions will be granted only for unexpected illness, hardship or on compassionate grounds in accordance with University Policy. Work commitments, travel, holidays or sporting engagements are not unexpected circumstances.

    Late Submission Penalties: When an assessment is submitted after the due date, without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that the assignment is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc.

    Word Length Penalties: 5% of the total mark possible for a written assessment will be deducted for every 100 words (or part thereof) by which it exceeds a stipulated word limit. For example, a 4,000 word essay graded at 63% will have 5% deducted if it is between 4,001 and 4,100 words long for a final mark of 58%. If the essay is between 4,101 and 4,200 words long, 10% will be deducted for a final mark of 53%, etc. Word limits include all words in the text, in headings, in quotations, but exclude citations in footnotes. Any separate cover page, table of contents, bibliography or list of sources is excluded from the word limit. If the word limit is misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Finality of Assessment Grades

    Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).

    In accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
    • assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
    • detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
    • sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    • reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
    • comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
    • automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
    • the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    The University Writing Centre provides academic learning and language development services and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    Lex Salus Program
    Lex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.

    Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.

    Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.

    Student Life Counselling Support
    The University’s Student Life Counselling Support service provides free and confidential service to all enrolled students. We encourage you to contact the Student Life Counselling Support service on 8313 5663 to make an appointment to deal with any issues that may be affecting your study and life.
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Academic Integrity
     All students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Academic misconduct is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School, the University and authorities responsible for regulating the legal profession.

    Academic integrity is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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