Degree in Labour Relations

240 credits - Faculty of Law

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The Degree in Labour Relations aims to optimise the high levels of employment and satisfaction amongst those taking this programme. This is why students are offered a general training that ensures legal, economic, business, psychological and sociological knowledge linked to the employment and business world is acquired. The purpose of the programme is to train professionals who can represent workers and entrepreneurs at employment hearings and tribunals as employment experts, as well as enabling graduates to take decisions based on multi-disciplinary knowledge of employment in businesses, public administrations and any other type of organisation, both from a personnel management perspective and from one based on suitable political or employment options. Curiosity and concern in attaining more specialised knowledge will be encouraged and practical training will be given in those skills and abilities that are most required for all the professions the programme is aimed at, such as: setting out ideas; proposing orderly, clean and concise solutions; having the ability to take decisions or providing guidance regarding a specific reality; having a critical approach; knowing how to interpret legal texts, and other economic and sociological indicators; working with ICT and in English, etc.

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   144   30   -   6 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to the Legal System*
Basics of Economics*
Introduction to Business*
Introduction to the Social Psychology of Work*
Introduction to the Sociology of Work*

Second Semester

Foundations of Civil Law for Labour Relations*
Foundations of Administrative Law for Labour Relations*
Foundations of Commercial Law for Labour Relations*
Foundations of Tax Law for Labour Relations*

Second Year

First Semester

Foundations of Labour Law
Social Security Law I
Ordinary Labour Proceedings
Business Analysis and Organisational Design
Labour Economics

Second Semester

Psychology of Human Resources: Planning and Management
Trade Union Law
Laws Governing Joining a Company
Employment Law
Social Security Law II

Third Year

First Semester

Determining, Modifying, Suspending and Terminating an Employment Relationship
Occupational Hazard Prevention Law
Negotiation Techniques
Social Security Benefits I
Labour Relations in Public Administrations

Second Semester

Strategic and Economic Management of Human Resources
Social Security Benefits II
Social Research Techniques
Labour Procedural Methods
Payroll and Social Security: Practical Aspects

Fourth Year

First Semester

Special Social Security Systems
Appeals and Implementation of Labour Sentences
Work and Settlement of Foreigners in Spain
Social and Labour Audit
Final Degree Project


* Core Training

Second Semester

Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 5



General Skills

  1. An ability for analysis and synthesis.
  2. An ability for organisation and planning.
  3. An ability for transmitting information and communicating in writing and orally, adapting the discourse to circumstance, using suitable terminology and techniques, and producing texts and reports.
  4. An ability for problem solving by applying knowledge to practice.
  5. An ability for information management and working with ICT in the area of study and the professional sphere.
  6. Knowledge of English.
  7. Skilled social and interpersonal relations.

Specific Skills

  1. Understanding the need for a regulatory system of labour and social protection, and the elements that define it.
  2. Core legal knowledge.
  3. The ability to know and understand the core regulatory framework of the corporate and commercial legal system and its connection to employment issues.
  4. The ability to know and understand the core regulatory framework of the corporate tax legal system and its connection to employment issues.
  5. The ability to know, understand and apply the regulatory framework of the collective and individual employment relationship, determine its limits and delineate the specificities in the different areas of application.
  6. The ability to know, understand and apply the regulatory framework for Social Security and supplementary welfare.
  7. The ability to work with available legal, administrative or private instruments to solve employment and Social Security disputes.
  8. The ability to interpret relevant socioeconomic data and indicators for labour relations.
  9. The ability to know and understand the origin and transcendence of European, national and regional employment policies.
  10. The ability to apply knowledge, design intervention methods and define strategies for human resources management and supervision.
  11. The ability for planning and design, consulting, management and assessment of occupational hazard prevention systems.
  12. The ability to advise on matters relating to labour relations and Social Security.
  13. The ability to undertake representation and negotiation duties in different areas of labour relations.
  14. The ability to know, understand and analyse the psychosocial factors that explain human behaviour in work and organisations.
  15. The ability to know how to describe and measure group, inter-group and organisational interaction processes, structures and dynamics.
  16. The ability to undertake and apply strategic analysis tools, research techniques and assessment, and to develop suitable intervention programmes to start to understand and interpret economic reality.
  17. The ability to acquire knowledge in core management and business organisation theory to understand the diversity of business and organisational functions, as well as the special characteristics of management work.
  18. The ability to know the basic methodology for accounts processes and general accounting regulations to develop the ability to interpret and analyse financial and accounting information.
  19. The ability to perform organisational structure planning tasks, in line with a logical process, and to design organisational charts and duty manuals.
  20. The ability for critical analysis and reasoning without prejudice to start to understand and interpret economic reality.
  21. The ability to analyse the job market and its impact on the economy.