• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfactory completion of the course requirements, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced and coherent knowledge of key principles  of family law including an extended understanding of recent developments, and be able to cite the relevant legislative provisions and case law appropriately;     
  • Apply your knowledge of family law creatively and with initiative to construct an accurate written advice that addresses a factually complex hypothetical family law problem, and present that advice to specialist and non-specialist audiences;  
  • Identify and use a range of legally-specific research principles, methods and tools appropriately to respond to a factually complex family law problem;
  •  Locate, describe, apply and critically evaluate key aspects of family law including recent developments, and selected secondary academic literature and theoretical writing about family law and its reforms;   
  • Identify a range of perspectives and values that are relevant to family law and critically examine (in written and oral form) those perspectives and values;     
  • Acquire experience in collaborative learning and demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills to function effectively in small groups;     
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage purposefully and constructively in the planning, management and execution of a substantial group project;   
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
  • Reflect coherently upon your learning in the course, your own values, the values underlying the family law system, and the difference between family law and practice in other legal areas, and comment on those differences at a theoretical level.

Other Information

There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, the completion of Property, Equity and Trusts and Corporations is an advantage.  

Those who have an interest in feminist legal theory and women and the law will find this course enhances their study in those areas.

Indicative Assessment

The means of assessment for this course is likely to include a written submission to a law reform parliamentary inquiry, a take home assignment and a piece of reflective writing. It is also likely that there will be flexible delivery of some of the course content, participation requirements, group work and oral presentations.

Details of the final assessment will be provided on the course WATTLE site by the first week of semester.

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One contact per week in most weeks. Three contact hours in some weeks. Estimated total workload of 10 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330). Students need to have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at the 1000 level.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to course WATTLE site.

Preliminary Reading

Please refer to course WATTLE site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1554
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2646
2007 $2670
2008 $2670
2009 $2670
2010 $2718
2011 $2778
2012 $2808
2013 $2808
2014 $2808
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3426
2007 $3426
2008 $3426
2009 $3426
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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