Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3020: Family Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide both research-enriched learning and teaching by academics actively engaged in research which has been used by family law policy makers and links to family law practice, where members of the teaching team practise as and/or engage regularly with family practitioners. Where possible the module includes judges as visiting speakers and judge shadowing opportunities.

It aims to enable students to analyse critically the legal and policy framework for family law and to engage in an assessment of the effectiveness of the current family justice system. 

It aims to facilitate debate on proposals for reform of the law regarding the regulation of partnering and parenting at a time when the traditional family is in decline and out of court resolution of family law disputes is being invested in by government.

It aims to encourage students to explore socio-legal research in this area, undertaken by family law specialist academics at Exeter and elsewhere. 

It aims to help students develop their oral and negotiation skills in workshops and to expose them to mediation and other styles of conflict resolution procedures.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. describe and critically evaluate the legal framework and central principles governing adult couple/domestic relationships and parent/child relationships within English family law
2. demonstrate awareness and understanding of current developments in law, policy, feminist critiques and human rights involved in family regulation within national and international legal frameworks and the impact of socio-legal research in this area.
3. demonstrate understanding of how family law and the family justice system operate both for adult family relationships and parent/child relationships.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and the ability to explain the relationships among them
5. demonstrate ability to apply legal knowledge to a problem/ case study and to discuss it
6. demonstrate ability to identify key elements of legal problems, identify their relative significance and select appropriate methods for investigating and evaluating them
Personal and Key Skills7. effectively use both written and oral communication skills in assessed work and workshops.
8. confidently tackle legal problems by means of a practical problem solving approach in role-play situations, demonstrating effective debating and negotiating skills.
9. demonstrate good library-based and internet-based research skills.