This Post Graduate Diploma aims to provide an academic deepening and broadening of professional experience and application to law graduates, practising attorneys, public servants and members of the private and public safety and security sector in South Africa. It also allows non-practising attorneys and other lawyers with a B Proc, B Juris or LLB qualification to enter a career in labour law, constitutional labour law and international labour law.

Qualification outcomes:

  1. The student should demonstrate comprehensive and systematic knowledge and critical understanding of, among others: 
  • the interpretation and application of labour law;
  • the formulation of the contract of employment and the resulting rights and duties flowing from the contract, the common law and the effect of statutory provisions and the impact of the Constitution on the content of the contract of employment;
  • the provisions of the Employment Equity Act 1998 with regard to discrimination and the implementation of affirmative action measures in the workplace;
  • the provisions of the Labour Relations Act 1995 pertaining to the termination of the employment relationship and dispute resolution of labour law problems and issues using evidence-based solutions and theory-driven arguments.
  1. The student should demonstrate that he/she has acquired the skills necessary to appropriately consult clients; collect, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate information; apply knowledge and insight to reach conclusions; be able to make recommendations to clients and, as a member of a group, organise and take action steps to implement recommendations.
  2. The student should demonstrate critical understanding of the rules of legal ethics as provided for by the public and private sectors, including safety and security institutions. He or she should respect these rules in day-to-day practice and apply them in day-t- day dealings with clients, colleagues and the judiciary.
  3. The student should demonstrate an understanding of the collective labour law regulating the relationship between trade unions and employers, and the law relating to industrial action.
  4. The student should demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse, evaluate and deal with/solve complex and/or real

 

Completing this qualification will open up avenues to career opportunities nationally and internationally in NGOs, the police and other law enforcement agencies, security institutions, private practice, etc. Labour law has become an important branch of applied constitutional law and international law as various international conventions directly impact on aspects of it. This qualification takes proper cognisance of constitutional and international law, but the specific emphasis is on the practical application of labour law.

Curriculum – PGDip in Labour Law

First Semester

Second Semester

Module name and code

Cr

Module name and code

Cr

PGDL511

The Constitution and other Labour Law Sources

40

PGDL521

Collective Labour Law

20

PGDL512

Individual Labour Law

20

One of the following electives:

1: PGDL522

Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure

40

 

 

2: PGDL523

Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedures in the Safety and Security Sector.

40

 

 

3: PGDL524

Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedures in the Public Sector

40

Total semester 1

60

Total semester 2

60

Total credits for qualification

120