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Module Title
Equality And Discrimination Law

UK Employment Law, Sex, Race, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion or Belief, Age Equality and Discrimination, EU Employment Law, Human Rights Law

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedJanuary 2007
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.2

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Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

1. To develop students’ in depth legal and practical knowledge and understanding of the law applicable to equality and discrimination in employment within the UK context.
2. To enable students to critically analyse contemporary equality and discrimination issues within the employment field.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Discuss in-depth and critically evaluate the fundamental legal principles and values that underpin the law relating to equality and discrimination in the employment field.
2. Critically analyse, evaluate and determine the current scope of each specific equality and discrimination law category.
3. Demonstrate advanced independent research skills.
4. Develop further the ability to interpret and apply the law, thereby developing effective solutions to legal and practical issues.
5. Develop further communication, time management and group working skills.

Indicative Module Content

The various equality and discrimination law categories of Sex, Race, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Belief and Age will be covered from a UK Employment law perspective. Any further emerging categories and issues will also be incorporated as they develop. International and regional law will be covered, where relevant.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Part TimeDistance Learning
Online Activities and Discussions

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered by a mixture of lectures/ seminars, student discussions, group activities, case studies, presentations, directed reading and independent research.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5
Component 2 1,2,3,4,5
Component 3 1,2,3,4,5

Written coursework exercise worth 70% of the module grade(C2)

Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to attend and reasonably participate in tutorial activities(C3)

Continual assessment exercise that may consist of assessed forum postings, group work and general online discussion. This component is worth 30% of the module grade (C1)

Indicative Bibliography

1.CONNOLLY, M., 2011. Discrimination law. 2nd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
2.FREDMAN, S., 2011. Discrimination Law. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
3.HEPPLE, B., 2014. Equality: the legal framework. 2nd ed. Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd.
4.KUMRA, S. and MANFREDI, S., 2012. Managing equality and diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5.MCCOLGAN, A., 2005. Equality and discrimination law: texts, cases & materials. 2nd ed. Oregon: Hart Publishing.
6.SCHEIK, D., WADDINGTON, L. and BELL, M., Eds., 2007. Cases, materials and texts on national, supra national and international non discrimination law. Oregon: Hart Publishing.

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