Family Law - LW591

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5)


LW588/LW613 Public Law 1.


Not available to non-law students. Final year only. Cannot be taken with LW505.



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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

20 hours.

Method of assessment

50% coursework (1 essay ), 50% written examination.

Indicative reading

A Diduck Law's Families ( Butterworth, 2003)
G Douglas An Introduction to Family Law (Oxford University Press 2nd Ed, 2004)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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.

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