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:
violence and abuse in families;
decision-making about parenting after separation;
economic aspects of marriage; and
de-facto relationship breakdown.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. evaluate key principles of family law and be able to cite the relevant legislative provisions and case law appropriately;
2. construct an accurate written advice that provides a solution to a complex hypothetical family law problem, with intellectual independence;
3. evaluate key aspects of family law and selected secondary academic literature about family law and its reforms covered in this course;
4. Undertake family law research and present findings using a variety of materials and sources
5. Define a range of perspectives that are relevant to family law and critically examine (in written and oral form) the law from those perspectives;
6. Implement and evaluate project management techniques, and approaches to collaborative learning and communicate ideas to a variety of audiences
7. Reflect 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 AssessmentWe present two options. Currently the summative tasks are:
• Take-home assignment (50%)
• Group submission to Parliamentary enquiry (35%)
• Reflective journal (15%)
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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- 6 units
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