JUR 3613 Labour Legislation

JUR 3613 Labour Legislation

Course code: 
JUR 3613
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Gina Bråthen
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Product category: 
Bachelor of Law and Business - Programme Courses
2021 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

Most conflicts at the individual level in working life are due to inadequate routines for how such conflicts can be avoided in the first place and for how conflicts should be handled and resolved. This is largely due to the failure of employers to know the basic labor law rules. The course in labor law shall provide basic knowledge of the legal regulation of individual working conditions. The students get a basic insight into the working environment legislation based on central issues that are important for the exercise of employer functions.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

During the course the students shall:

  • Gain good knowledge of the central national and international sources of law in labor law.

  • good knowledge and understanding of what justifies the labor law and what interests are balanced against each other.

  • Gain good knowledge of central regulation in the individual labor law, and gain an overview of the collective labor law.
Learning outcomes - Skills

After having completed the course the students shall be able to:

  • identify specific labor law issues
  • Apply the legal method, both in light of Norwegian and international labor law sources, and be able to use relevant digital tools in this work.
  • Set up routines for handling individual conflicts of a labor law nature
General Competence

The students should have developed the ability to independently and critically approach different labor law issues. The students should have developed the ability to understand the importance of a sustainable working life. Students shall become aware of ethical issues involved in the interaction between human values and laws and regulations in labour law.

Course content
  • The disctinctive qualities of labour law, history and sources of law
  • Management prerogative
  • Priorities and appointments
  • Procedural rules
  • The employment contract
  • The work environment
  • Working hours
  • Job protection
  • Workforce reductions
  • Lay-offs
  • Transfer of undertaking
  • Loyalty and freedom of speech
  • Wages and leave of absence
  • Tariff law
Teaching and learning activities

The students shall work on exercises for each topic which will later be discussed in class. This form of teaching requires that students prepare for class by reading the syllabus and the relevant rules of law. Students are expected to bring support materials especially the statute book to class so that they become familiar with using them when studying the various topics. On the whole, only central issues in the syllabus will be covered and discussed during the lectures. Parts of the syllabus mustl be acquired through self-tuition. The lecture plan will provide detailed information on the various topics both the general and specific parts.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No spesific prerequisites is required. 

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Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • Laws and regulations, including offprints of laws and law drafts
5 Hour(s)
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Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
45 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
60 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
60 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
30 Hour(s)
5 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.