To understand why the law exists in the way it does today requires an understanding of its genesis and development over time. Employment Law considers the development of the law of work; it considers the law from early UK legislation dealing with wages and the development of union membership over time. It also examines the international context within which employment law will change over time and how it develops in different ways across jurisdictions.

While focused on Australia as a base for understanding core principles of employment law, this course considers and draws upon key international comparisons to Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Germany and Scandinavia.


Course coordinator

Mr Michael Zhou, Adjunct Lecturer - Graduate School of Business and Law

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the foundational principles of workplace law in Australia and in a global context;
  • Advise on the rights and duties that arise from the employment relationship in given situations;
  • Contrast and compare the employment law framework applying to employees and employers in Australia; and
  • Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to employment law and generate appropriate responses.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.