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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate broad and highly-developed knowledge of key principles of family law, and the relevant legislative provisions and case law;
- demonstrate skill in locating both primary and secondary sources, and use cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in analysing the effectiveness of the current Family Law framework; the policy issues raised by family law; and consider the broad range of perspectives and values that are relevant to family law;
- identify the legal issues in a family law dispute and apply the principles of family law creatively and with initiative; and
- construct well-argued written advice for a range of interested parties that is clear and coherent.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
UNE-LAW100-Foundations of Law and UNE-LAW101-Law in Context and UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law, or UNE-LAW312-Criminal and Civil Procedure and UNE-LAW102-Legal Professional Skills and UNE-LAW131-Torts Law and UNE-LAW172-Contract Law, or UNE-LAW272-Law of Contract II ;
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years). To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Family law is relevant for students interested in legal practice in general or specialist firms. In practice it is a highly procedural area of law requiring a sound knowledge of both case law and statute. It is also an area subject to vigorous policy debates. The changing nature of society's interpretation of 'what is a family', as well as the constantly changing nature and composition of Australian society in the last few decades, makes family law a volatile and contentious subject.
Research Essay: 2000 words. Related to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Open Book Examination: 2000 words. Related to Learning Outcomes 1-4 There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Research Essay (40%)
- Open Book Examination (60%)
Current study term: 24 Oct 21 to 04 Feb 22)
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