Labour Law and Industrial Relations: A South African Perspective


This course offers a comprehensive view, covering industrial relations, employment contracts, BCEA, unfair dismissal, and discrimination. Explore collective labour law concepts, including freedom of association, trade unions, collective bargaining, and industrial action. The course concludes with dispute resolution and legal skills development.

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As an institution that is responsive to changing student requirements in certain sectors of the market, we have introduced an online option offering shorter courses. These courses provide quick wins for busy professionals and can fast-track careers in a matter of weeks or months. Professionals can stay at the cutting edge of industry-relevant skills development, as they compete in the dynamic 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) job market. Like our distance courses, our online courses allow you to register at any time.  Studying is flexible and can be scheduled according to your needs.


12 Months


You can start studying this course at any time of the year as soon as you have completed your registration, you can get started. There are no specific registration dates!


Study Phase 1: Quiz 1

  • An introduction to industrial relations (IR)
  • Contract of employment
  • Basic conditions of employment: Part 1
  • Basic conditions of employment: Part 2

Study Phase 2: Quiz 2

  • Unfair dismissal, labour practices and discrimination
  • Freedom of association, trade unions, and workplace forums
  • Collective bargaining and collective agreements

Study Phase 3: Quiz 3

  • Industrial action
  • Dispute resolution
  • Skills development

Work through the workbook. At the end of each Study Phase, there is a quiz to complete. You need to complete and pass each of the quizzes with a minimum of 70% to get a certificate. No restrictions on your attempts.


1. Define industrial relations, its features, objectives, and importance, applying this knowledge to the South African context.
2. Outline the development of industrial relations in South Africa, from the 19th century to the present, including the impact of apartheid and post-apartheid legislation.
3. Discuss the scope of industrial relations, focusing on employer-employee relations, group relations, labour relations, and public relations.
4. Identify and analyse the factors that impact industrial relations, including both internal and external elements.
5. List and evaluate methods and practices to improve industrial relations, such as good HR practices and participative management.
6. Explain the legal framework regulating industrial relations in South Africa, including common law and statutory law aspects.
7. Develop and apply strategies to engage effectively with employees, building trust and fostering positive industrial relations.
8. Construct models to illustrate how industrial relations can impact various stakeholders, including workers, employers, the government, and consumers.
9. Organise and interpret employment contracts as the foundation of individual labour law, outlining their essential elements and implications.
10. Utilise knowledge of employer and employee rights and duties, under common and statutory law, to solve real-world labour law cases and challenges.

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