GRA 6294 Labour Law and Labour Economics
This course gives a specialization in fundamental aspects of EU labor law and Norwegian labor law and an introduction to labor economics. The course is an elective course in the third semester, and is part of the specialization in labor law, labor economics, and legal tech. The course will provide insight into, and understanding of the legal regulation of employment and labor relations from a European-law perspective.
After completing the course the candidate shall have advanced knowledge of:
- Legal methodology and legal sources, including legislation and (collective) agreements in the field and the influence of EU/EEA-law in labour law,
- The ideas and foundations of labor law
- Fundamental rights in European labor law
- The management prerogatives
- The collective rights: The right to organize, the right to collective bargaining, the right to strike, as well as various aspects of the Nordic and Norwegian system of collective bargaining
- Dismissal protection
- EU-legislation regarding the rights and protection in the event of transfer of undertakings
- Wage formation and compensating wage differentials
- Discrimination in the labor market
- The role of trade unions
After completing the course the candidates shall be able to:
- Work out routines which safeguard the labor law aspects of an employment relationship
- Solve labor issues, and to see when they face a labor law issue
- Lead or participate constructively in labor union relations
- Communicate on labor law issues with both specialists and the general public
- Analyze wage determination in a given market with and without trade unions
- Analyze incentive effects of different wage contracts
After completing the course the candidates shall be able to reflect upon:
- The rules and agreements which govern the relationship between the parties in the workplace, and respect them
- Fundamental rights within European labor law legislation
- The role of the market mechanism, and of trade unions for wage determinations.
Labor Law – ideas and foundations; forms of regulation; fundamental principles.
The management prerogatives.
System of labor relations, collective rights, collective bargaining agreements, industrial disputes.
Readjustment and workforce reductions. Transfers of undertakings. Termination of employment contracts – changes and employment protection.
The determinant of wages: Demand, supply, human capital, compensating wage differentials.
The economics of trade unions.
A variety of learning methods will be used; regular lectures, discussions of cases, group discussions, small test/kahoots, etc. The course is conducted over one semester.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
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.
Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.
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Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
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Student's own work with learning resources
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.