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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title European Employment Law
Module Code LG5013A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brenda Daly
Semester 2: Brenda Daly
Autumn: Brenda Daly
Module TeachersBrenda Daly
Iain McMenamin
Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of European Employment Law. The module aims to provide students with a knowledge and critical appreciation of, the current trends and characteristics of the subject area in this complex and evolving area of law. The module will explain the development of European Employment Law and its influence on employment rights and labour law. The module will address the key social, political and economic policy arguments that have an impact on the development of European employment law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the role of the European Union in employment law and labour law.
2. Analyse the social, political and economic context within Europe and how it has affected the development of European employment law.
3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the important legal principles that underline employment law by reference to relevant legislation and case law.
4. Assess the influence of competing critical perspectives on employment law.
5. Critically analyse problem scenarios with reference to legislation, case law and academic literature.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study180Reading for lectures
Independent Study46Exam revision
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative content
• Evolution of EU Employment Law Founding Treaties; the Lisbon Treaty; EU 2020; the Charter of Fundamental Rights • Free Movement of (Economically Active) Persons and the Limitations on Free Movement Cross-border workers; migrant workers • Equality Law Equal Pay; Equal Treatment; Positive Action; Race; Family Friendly Policies; Ageing in the Workplace; Equal Treatment in Respect of Social Security and Pensions • Health and Safety; Working Conditions; Working Time • Employee Rights on Restructuring Enterprises Transfers of Undertakings; Collective Redundancies; Employer's Insolvency - Employees' Rights & Employer’s obligations • Collective Labour Law Freedom of Association; Collective Bargaining, and Collective Action

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Examn/a100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Catherine Barnard,: 0, EU Employment Law, 978-0-19-969292-7
  • 2013: Citizenship and Solidarity in the European Union, 258982
  • 0: The Substantive Law of the EU,
Other Resources

50681, Journal, 0, European Labour Law Journal, 50682, Journal, 0, European Law Journal, 50683, Journal, 0, Common Market Law Review, 50684, Journal, 0, Industrial Law Journal, 50685, Journal, 0, European Journal of Social Security, 50686, Journal, 0, European Law Review, 50687, Journal, 0, European Public Law, 50688, Journal, 0, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 50689, Journal, 0, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 50690, Website, 0, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/browse/summaries.html,
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