Family Law (M3008)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

This module introduces you to the most important rules of Family Law. But it does more than just outline the rules on marriage and divorce, parental status and parental responsibility, child protection, domestic violence, contact and residence disputes, etc. It also considers the application of those rules in the social and political context that frames them.

The module requires students to think about the nature of the family in its broadest sense (to include married and unmarried partners in adult relationships, and the great variety of ways in which adults raise and care for children), and to consider the appropriateness of the rules that govern the family in law.

You will also be required to reflect on the place of law in the regulation of family life. The module will, for that reason, be both theoretical and extremely practical; and it will be both thoroughly legal (in a black letter sense) and a little sociological.


55%: Lecture
45%: Seminar


50%: Examination (Open examination)
50%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 46 hours of contact time and 254 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: