Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will focus on the way in which the law defines and constructs the family, and the way in which it regulates family breakdown. The module will examine, broadly, the institution of marriage and relations between partners, which might include definitions of the family, marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation, domestic violence, divorce and family dispute resolution. The module will also examine the relationship between parents, children and the state, which might include reproductive technology, parenthood, children's rights, and private law disputes over post-separation arrangements for children.


Contact hours

Total study hours: 150
Contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130


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Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

This module will be assessed by coursework worth 50% and a final examination worth 50%:

Essay (2,000 words) – 50%
Examination (2 hrs) – 50%

13.2 Reassessment methods

The module will be reassessed by like-for-like reassessment of failed individual component(s) of assessment.

Indicative reading

• Diduck and F. Kaganas, Family Law, Gender and the State, 3rd edition (2012).
• S. Harris-Short, J. Miles, and R. George. Family Law: Text, Cases and Materials, 3rd edition (2015)
• J. Herring, Family Law, 8th edition (2017).
• R. Lamont (ed) Family Law (2018).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the concepts, principles, policies, issues, debates and legal doctrine associated with various areas of
family law
2. Critically identify the ideological and policy underpinnings of the legal rules relating to families
3. Critically evaluate how well the policies and law work in practice.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking when discussing and applying the law
2. Critically evaluate conflicting decisions and viewpoints
3. Present observations, ideas and opinions persuasively


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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