FAMILY SOCIETY AND LAW

LAW2FSL

2019

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-ordinatorHannah Robert

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL and LAW2CTA and LAW2CTB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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

Bendigo, 2019, Summer 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size30

Enrolment information class is taught in block mode first come first served

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 48 - 50
Four 4.0 hours block mode per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 48 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.
"the subject will be supported by on-line material and recording. Classes will be held on the 30th of Nov and 1st of Dec and 14th and 15th December."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Take home examination -3000 wordsSome students may, by application, engage in an internship component in which case this assessment will involve compulsory attendance at a suitable workplace.60 01, 02, 04
Policy essay covering material generated via class exercises - 1500 words40 01, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2019, Week 04-05, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size150

Enrolment information Class is taught in block mode and therefore keeping the numbers at 150 will ensure a better learning experience. First come first served

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 04 - 05
Five 7.5 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 04 to week 05 and delivered via face-to-face.
"21, 22, 23, 29, 30 January 2019"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Take home examination -3000 wordsSome students may, by application, engage in an internship component in which case this assessment will involve compulsory attendance at a suitable workplace.60 01, 02, 04
Policy essay covering material generated via class exercises - 1500 words40 01, 03, 04, 05