Family Law

Module code: M3008
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Open examination, Essay

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Successful students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the important legal principles and rules affecting family life. For the purposes of the course, family life is given a broad meaning (it embraces more than just married persons and their biological off-spring).
  • Successful students should be able to demonstrate an informed understanding of the most important policy considerations that underpin the rules and principles governing family life.
  • Successful students should be able to demonstrate analysis and problem-solving skills (either oral or written) in applying the existing law to factual scenarios
  • Successful students should be able to present an argument (either oral or written) on the basis of prescribed legal reading
  • Successful students should be able to carry out independent study of an area of the law relating to the family, using the library and other electronic resources