Diploma in Labour Law, Labour Procedures and Political Economy

Module 1: Labour Procedures
Introduction and Course Objectives
This course introduces the framework governing the Labour Court of Zimbabwe, including the composition, jurisdiction and powers of the court and the procedures followed therein. The course deals with the various processes from appeals, applications for review to special applications. For each process, there will be a discussion of the essential elements followed by a practical demonstration of the application or appeal through precedents. The course is highly practical with students expected to draft the various actions involved in the court. After doing the course students should be able to draft the court documents for initiating appeals and applications, defending actions and navigating the procedures of the court with emphasis on the Labour Court Rules, 2006 [S.I. 59 /2006].   The course ends with a simulated moot in the Labour Court to test the students’ practical grasp of concepts taught. 

Module 2: Labour Law II
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 ensures 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 II
Introduction and Course Objectives
The course of Political Economy and Labour Relations deals 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 this 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 work 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: Economics 2
Scope of the Course
The course covers the economic principles and theoretical issues underlying the operations of the labour market.  This provides students with the necessary background and knowledge of the micro-foundations of Labour Economics. Basic economic theory is assumed.

Changes in the labour market in context of national, regional and global trends in production, industrialization and socio economic development are also looked at.  In this regard, a wide range of issues such as formal and informal employment: the changing role of the labour market under liberalisation, job evaluation, human resource development and labour models among other strategies are covered.  The role of the state and its regulatory institutions and non-governmental organisations will also be looked at.

Module 5: Information and Communications Technology
Course description
The course is aimed at equipping students with the ICT skills that are integral to every discipline of study at ZLC. It places emphasis on ICT skills, competencies, information literacy skills, and writing skills to enhance student’s learning and research needs. It will equip students with the ability to identify, search, evaluate, use and present effectively and efficiently the information relevant to decision making and problem solving in legal studies. The course also allows students to engage in independent lifelong learning. It is a lab based course. 

Course Objectives
After the completion of this course, students will:

• Understand the meaning and application of ICT in legal research
• Understand how legal information is organised
• Use various search tools to locate legal information
• Research and present their assignments and research work using approved citation standards
• Use a computer to type and make presentation of their work
• Use both print and electronic legal databases
• Use Internet based resources correctly and be able to evaluate these for their academic work
• Prepare references and a bibliography for their own research papers.

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