• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anne Macduff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LAWS6217
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
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The course is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to take a considered position on family law issues.  The course covers the following areas of family law:

  • marriage;
  • violence and abuse in families;
  • decision-making about parenting after separation;
  • economic aspects of marriage; and
  • de-facto relationship breakdown.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Describe, discuss, explain, analyse and critique key principles of family law and be able to cite the relevant legislative provisions and case law appropriately;
2. Apply your knowledge of family law creatively and with initiative to construct an accurate written advice that provides a solution to a complex hypothetical family law problem, with intellectual independence;
3. Locate, describe, apply and critically evaluate key aspects of family law and selected secondary academic literature about family law and its reforms covered in this course;
4. Plan and complete a research project, with some independence;
5. Outline, summarise and analyse a range of perspectives that are relevant to family law and critically examine (in written and oral form) the law from those perspectives;
6. Acquire experience in project management, collaborative learning and demonstrate personal and communication skills to function effectively in small groups comprising a variety of participants/audiences;
7. Reflect coherently upon your learning in the course, your own values, the values underlying the family law system, and the differences between family law and practice in other legal areas.

Indicative Assessment

We present two options. Currently the summative tasks are:
• Take-home assignment (50%)
• Group submission to Parliamentary enquiry (35%)
• Reflective journal (15%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8417 Family Law.

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1663 03 Dec 2018 03 Dec 2018 02 Jan 2019 21 Jan 2019 In Person

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