Business and employment law
This module will introduce you to business and employment law within the legal system of England and Wales. You'll explore the nature of business structures, with particular emphasis on corporate organisations and their internal and external regulations. The module will then explore employment relationships, both through the study of law, policy and practice and also through the practical application of legal principles in connection with simulated case scenarios. By the end of the module, you'll have an understanding of how business and employment law affect individuals and their impact upon society.
What you will study
The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your interest in business and employment law within the legal system of England and Wales. It will focus on business structures, including corporate organisations, and their internal and external regulation together with the nature of the employment relationship.
By the end of the module, you should have an understanding of what these aspects of business and employment law mean for individuals and society. You'll be able to explain what the law is in the areas studied and how it affects individuals connected to the organisation. You'll also be able to identify how these aspects of business and employment law affect others and recognise where the law is failing to protect the vulnerable or to enable social justice, fairness or equal opportunities in society.
Studying this module will provide you with the opportunity to:
- gain knowledge of the nature of the employment relationship by exploring contracts of employment, their termination through wrongful and unfair dismissal, employment tribunals, and the effect of discrimination against workers based on their protected characteristics.
- gain knowledge of, and assess how business and employment law affect and impact upon individuals and groups in society generally
- start becoming an independent learner, and to develop other associated and transferable skills and attributes
- develop legal, cognitive and practical skills, and to apply those skills to specific simulated scenarios.
If you are new to study at university level, or are returning after some time, we recommend that you first study an OU level 1 law module such as Criminal law and the courts (W111) or Civil justice and tort law (W112), unless you are a graduate entry student.
If you are studying this module as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB) (R81) or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (graduate entry) (LLB) (R82), then you will need to have studied or be studying on a presentation of Public law (W211) before enrolling on W240.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You might find the following resources are useful preparation for this module:
You’ll have access to a module website, which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- course-specific module materials
- audio and video content
- assignment details and submission section
- online tutorial access and tutor support.
You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).
Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.
It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.