LW214-6-FY-CO:
Family Law

The details
2019/20
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
02 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

What are the legal implications of family breakdown when the parties are married? Or when they are civil partners? How does this change if they have children?

Examine key features of family law, including the protective function (relating to domestic violence), adjustment of property rights and responsibilities of family members.

Module aims

• to introduce students to the main features of Family Law in England and Wales;


• to introduce students to a range of status relationships exist within the ‘family’, and the rights and responsibilities of family members;


• to foster an understanding of the protective function of law, particularly in relation to domestic abuse and child protection;


• to foster an understanding of the adjustive function of law, particularly in relation to property rights on relationship breakdown;


• to foster an understanding of the social and policy issues that underpin the law.

Module learning outcomes

Students will demonstrate:



• an understanding of the main features of Family Law in England and Wales;


• an ability to analyse and evaluate the law in light of legal, social, and political considerations;


• skills in critical analysis and synthesis;


• an ability to structure a reasoned argument, supported by reference to appropriate primary and secondary sources.

Module information

The module introduces students to the main features of Family Law in England and Wales. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the various status relationships that exist within the 'family' (e.g. spouse, civil partner, cohabitant, parent). The module considers not only the rights and responsibilities of family members but also the protective function of family law, in particular the law relating to domestic abuse and to child protection.

The module examines the legal implications of family breakdown whether the parties are a married couple, civil partners or cohabitants, and whether or not they have children. The adjustive function of family law is also considered, in particular the adjustment of property rights on relationship breakdown.



As well as giving students a good grounding in black letter law, the module aims to foster an understanding of the social and policy issues that underpin and inform the law.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly two hour sessions (each session will be either a lecture or a seminar); materials and resources are on Moodle (there is a clear expectation that these will be utilised).

Bibliography

  • BURTON, Francis. (no date) Core Statutes on Family Law 2019-20, Palgrave, 2019.
  • Gilmore, Stephen; Glennon, Lisa; Hayes, Mary; Williams, Catherine. (2018) Hayes and Williams' family law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Herring, Jonathan. (2017) Family law, Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Penelope Brearey-Horne, Dr Jo Harwood, Ms Liz Fisher-Frank
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 44 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

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