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LAW3036 : Family Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Collier
  • Lecturer: Mrs Penny Booth
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


(1) To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the various status relationships which exist (e.g. spouse, cohabitant, parent) and of the consequences which flow from them.

(2) To foster an understanding and knowledge of the social and theoretical foundations which underpin the law and to introduce the student to some of the legal, moral, social and political debates which inform the substantive content of family law.

(3) To consider selected aspects of the existing law and current reform proposals in detail and how family law has responded to the changing nature of 'family life' in modern society.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is 'family law'? The relationship between law and families

Marriage, Cohabitation and Civil Partnerships

Divorce, Separation and Mediation

What is a Parent?

Law and Parental Responsibility

Children, the Welfare Principle and Private Disputes

Dangerous Families: Domestic Violence

Family Property

Child Protection, Children in Care and Adoption

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The principal teaching method is lectures. Students develop their knowledge base and their analytical and critical skills through preparation for the lectures.

The seminars provide the opportunity to develop oral, analytical and critical skills. Private study takes the form of directed reading in advance of lectures, consolidation following lectures, and preparation for seminars.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M332,000 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus.

The coursework affords students an opportunity to demonstrate sophisticated written communication skills, research-related skills, and depth of understanding (and associated cognitive skills).

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