|Course code module||MREC0320|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Instructor(s)||Anne Van Regenmortel|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
Social security law (3BREC-34) AND Labour law (3BREC-33)
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
After completion of the Advanced Course and Practicum on Social Protection of the Self-employed
* students have a thorough and updated knowledge of the basic regulations framing the social status of the self-employed and a good understanding of a number of important topics in this field;
* students can discuss and assess the subject matter critically, on the basis of the lectures as well as through self-study on the basis of a course reader;
* students are able to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge to concrete issues and to discuss and assess these autonomously and in a scientifically sound manner;
* students are able to discuss current legal problems in group and to take up a well-founded personal position
3. Course content
This part of the course focuses on a thorough in-depth examination of the social protection of the self-employed.
The course starts with a brief introductory outline of the historical development of the social status of the self-employed, an overview of the various legal sources and a comment on the main purposes of this status.
Next, in the first part, the basic regulation framing the social status of the self-employed is analysed in depth. The following matters will be dealt with: a) the scope of the social status of the self-employed b) the duties of the self-employed person, in particular the duty to join a social security fund and pay contributions and c) the various benefit and allowance sectors, such as family income supplements, pensions, medical and disablement insurance, bankruptcy insurance with special attention for notable differences with the employees’ system. In the second part this acquired knowledge will allow us to concentrate on one or several current topics which are important from a legal-technical point of view and/or to examine socially relevant items. For instance: the social status of participating wives, the social status of artists, the social status of baby minders, the desirability or necessity of harmonization with or integration in the employees’ system, the social status of trainees/professional practitioners, the issue of fundamental rights, the common ground between the fiscal and social status of the self-employed, the social status of company trustees, the problems with regard to management partnerships and temporary management, cross-border self-employed jobs. A list of possible topics will be presented by the lecturer; after consultation with the students a selection will be made.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesTutorials
Personal work: Assignments - individualAssignments - in groupCase studies - in groupExcursion(s)
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: AssignmentsCase studiesParticipation in classroom activities
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Topical documentation packs made available during the sessions.
Students are expected to have an updated and specialized code of social security law.
7. Recommended reading - study material
At the start of the advanced course students will be informed as to whether additional study material is required.
For questions and further explanation students may approach the lecturer-in-charge before and after the sessions, or by email, her assistant Mieke Van Cotthem (Venusstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp, room S.V. 180. Tel.: 03/2655338, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) who, if so required, will contact the lecturer.