Certificate in Labour Law, Labour Procedures and Political Economy

Course Length– 5 months

Module 1: Introduction to Law
Introduction and scope of the course
The course is a basic introduction to law. It covers the concept of the law, the court system in Zimbabwe. It covers varied topics from the concept of law, the law-making process, the legal system in Zimbabwe and an introduction to the basic principles of contract law. The nature  of an employment relationship is that of a contract which creates duties and obligations and hence any person in such a relationship or who may be affected by such relationship in particular, trade unionists, labour lawyers and consultants, employers/ employee representatives and workers committees must appreciate the basic principles of the law of contract. Students are also expected to appreciate the legislative instruments and rules governing contractual relationships locally, regionally and internationally.

Module 2: Labour Law 1
Introduction and Course Objectives
Labour law deals with one of the most important areas of human activity – the process of work. Work is the very foundation of human existence. Under capitalism, labour law is the principal means by which the capitalist ruling class regulates the process of work and ensure extraction of surplus value from the working class. Because it affects such a critical area of human society and is central to bourgeois ruling class hegemony over society at large, labour law is one of the most important branches of the law and its study helps us understand the dynamics of the economic relations of society, which ultimately shape the entire legal and political superstructure of society.

Module 3: Political Economy and Labour Relations I
Introduction and Course Objectives
Political Economy and Labour Relations deal with one of the most important areas of human activity – the process of work, which lie at the very foundation of human existence. A study of these subjects helps us understand the dynamics of the economic relations of society, including the process through which the bourgeois ruling class is able to maintain its hegemony over society and extract surplus value from the working classes as well as understand how the entire legal and political superstructure of society functions.  The principal objectives of the course include:

1. To understand the centrality of the process works in human society and the principal features and characteristics of the same.
2. To understand the central features of philosophy and various theories of labour relations and law.
3. To understand the basic features of the political economy of capitalism and how this shapes the structure and history of the labour relations system as well as the intricate relationship between labour relations and labour law.
4. To study the nature of the principal parties in labour relations and their goals and objectives in labour relations and strategies for attaining the same. 
5. To equip students with an ability to intelligently and scientifically critique the structure and principles of labour relations in general and its relationship with labour law.

Module 4: Labour Economics 1
Introduction and course objective
This course aims to equip students with basic economic knowledge. No previous knowledge of economics is assumed in the study of this course.  This course intends to give students awareness on the operation of Microeconomics, which deals with the economic behaviour of households, individuals, firms, or a particular market.  It introduces students to the ‘economic way of thinking’, which recognizes that economic agents must make trade-offs which involve costs between competing alternative uses of scarce resources. This basic economic problem has implications at the microeconomic level as it guides individuals in making best decisions. Microeconomic models are used to analyze decision-making by individual consumers and firms within various market structures.

Course aims
The major aims of the course to ensure that on completion of this unit, students should have:

• an understanding of the theoretical foundations of economics and
• an appreciation of economics as an evolutionary science and its ability to address,  the persistent social and economic problems confronted by society.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course it is expected that the student will:

• be able to understand and apply the basic tools of supply and demand;
• know how to apply the basic theory of how consumers and firms respond to a range of problems;
• be familiar with simple models of competitive behaviour and industrial organization;
• be able to recognize the limitations of markets and understand how governments can sometimes improve on market allocations.

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