FAMILY SOCIETY AND LAW

LAW2FSL

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this subject is family law in Australia. The role of the state and of traditional legal forms in the regulation, maintenance and control of family and personal relationships is considered. The impact of the changing role of women within the family, in family law and in state policies is also considered. Specific issues canvassed in this subject include the legal regulation of family formation and breakdown; the financial consequences of family formation and breakdown; parental responsibility and children's rights. This subject aims to provide students with an overview of the key issues in contemporary family law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Kelly

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws program. Enrolment by application only to be submitted to Law School via "Law School Application Box" outside Common Room, Social Science Building, Level 2, Rm 221

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Family Law: The Contemporary ContextPrescribedBelinda Fehlberg, Rae Kaspiew, Jenni Millbank, Fiona Kelly & Juliet BehrensOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an awareness of the key issues in contemporary Australian Family Law and an understanding of relevant contextual materials.

Activities:
Class exercises; policy essay; take home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

02. Develop knowledge of the legal framework which regulates the responsibilities, rights and duties of family members in Australia and of the factors that have shaped modern family law.

Activities:
Class exercises; policy essay; take home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

03. Develop skills in legal analysis and reasoning and improve legal problem solving skills in relation to family law problems

Activities:
Class exercises; take home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

04. Clearly communicate complex legal concepts and doctrines in a relevant way

Activities:
Take home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

05. Critically analyse the historical, social, economic and cultural context in which family law decision-making arises.

Activities:
Policy essay; Class exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 04-05, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size70

Enrolment information mode of teaching by application

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Kelly

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 04 - 05
Ten 4.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 04 to week 05 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Jan 21-28 only"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Take home examination70 01, 02, 04
Policy essay covering material generated via class exercisesequivalent to 1,500-words30 01, 03, 04, 05