Module title: Contemporary Issues in Family Law

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW10108
Module leader: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module:
LAW09109; LAW09105; LW32036
Family Law, Gender and the Law or Juvenile Justice

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Methods aligned to LOs
LOs 1-3 Seminars are used to provide a knowledge base for students and to give students the opportunity to reinforce their learning by requiring independent legal research from a wide range of sources, book-based or otherwise. The written assessment, generally an essay involving topical family issues, requires students to demonstrate their ability to critically analyse law in accordance with normal legal/academic practice. The examination performs the same role but over a wider area of topics. The examination is three hours in duration to take account of the complexity of the subject and to give students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge.
LOs 1-4 Key employability skills/ PDP/ scholarship skills: these are embedded and assessed. As regards research and information retrieval, students are expected to research from a variety of legal resources a selected problematic area of law within the range of topics within the module and to come to a balanced and informed view of that area; as regards communication, written communication skills, promoting accuracy of expression and the importance of legal writing, are assessed in both coursework and examination. Presentations involve group work which supports collaborative learning, builds peer support and further employability skills. All such skills will be of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession.
LOs 1-4 Assessment (formative and summative): personalised written feedback is given on the written assessment and the presentation as the module teaching is onoing which allows students to see their progress. The module leader is available throughout the semester for a 1:1 chat about any module matter.
Supporting equality and diversity: key materials are available through the VLE (please speak to module leader if extra support required).


Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Other 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1-4 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 25 1-4 9 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

What is a family?, transgendered people and the law, understanding children's rights, child abuse and child protection, adoption, domestic abuse, legal regulation of adult relationships, how changing adult relationships affect children, family mediation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically analyse contemporary issues arising in Scots Family Law.
LO2: Evaluate the current provisions of the law and proposals for reform in the areas explored.
LO3: Analyse and evaluate law and policy relating to the family within society.
LO4: Sustain oral and written discourse to appropriate level.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - MAIR, J AVIZANDUM STATUTES ON SCOTS FAMILY LAW (2015-16 EDITION): AVIZANDUM, 2015th ed.
Core - SUTHERLAND, E E (2008) CHILD AND FAMILY LAW: W GREEN, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 978041401630
Core - SCOTTISH LAW COMMISSION (1992) REPORT ON FAMILY LAW: SLC: 7 MAY 1992: AVAILABLE ONLINE AT HTTPS://WWW.GOV.UK/GOVERNMENT/PUBLICATIONS/SCOTTISH-LAW-COMMISSION-REPORT-ON-FAMILY-LAW-MAY-1992, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0102004935
Core - SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BILLS PAGES - PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT AND PAST LEGISLATIVE FAMILY LAW REFORM IN SCOTLAND - HTTP://WWW.SCOTTISH.PARLIAMENT.UK/PARLIAMENTARYBUSINESS/BILLS.ASPX
Recommended - THOMSON, J (2014) FAMILY LAW IN SCOTLAND: BLOOMSBURY, 7th ed. - ISBN: 9781780437590
Recommended - "FAMILY LAW IN SCOTLAND", SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WEBSITE PROVIDING ACCESS TO POLICY AND RESEARCH MATERIALS - HTTP://WWW.GOV.SCOT/TOPICS/JUSTICE/LAW/17867
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