General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3034
Course name: Labour Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the major issues in labour and employment law in Hong Kong. It is concerned with the law governing the workplace: the common law of the contract of employment, the statutory provisions regulating the contract of employment and governing the rights and obligations of employees and employers, employees’ entitlements under legislation, workplace safely, the right to compensation for work-related injury, protection against discrimination, and collective rights such as the right to form trade unions, to bargain and to strike. International law, in the form of the International Labour Organisation conventions as well as the major UN conventions on human rights, and their interface with domestic law, will be considered.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Darcy Davison-Roberts dldavrob@hku.hk CCT 707 by email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Explain the broad function and social purposes of labour and employment law, and its limits

CLO 2 Explain the framework of labour law and employment law domestically and internationally, including the main institutions and instruments.

CLO 3 Identify and explain some of the major tensions and debates within labour and employment law in Hong Kong and generally.

CLO 4 Critically assess the effectiveness of Hong Kong labour and employment law.

CLO 5 Identify the relevance of labour law in daily life such that, on reading or hearing of current events in the popular media that have labour law relevance, you can identify and explain the labour law implications in simple and clear terms.

CLO 6 Demonstrate a detailed understanding of a particular topic in labour and employment law that was the subject of individual research and class presentation.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 10% 1, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Reflective news media diary (RMD) 22 Mar 2024 10% or 20% (depending upon weighting of research paper) 1, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Class presentation on research paper Beginning 13 Mar 2024 10% 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Labour Tribunal visit & report 15 May 2024 10% 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper 3 May 2024 60% or 50% (depending on comparison with RMD grade) 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: Glofcheski & Aslam, Employment Law & Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn 2016)
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/