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Undergraduate Course: Family Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08126)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course focusses on Scots law as it relates to children and families. The first half of the course deals with children and child law; the second part deals with the law relating to adult relationships and the breakdown of adult relationships, although both parts overlap throughout.

The aims of the course are:

(i) to support new students through the course and to help ensure that they learn, enjoy and develop a growing interest in child and family law.

(ii) to introduce students to the basics of Scots law within the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

(iii) to teach students the importance of learning how to retrieve relevant legal information and how to use primary legislative sources, case law and academic sources as authority to support legal positions.

(iv) to convey to students the importance of taking the time to think about, and consider, legal issues and problems before concluding an outcome.

(v) to give students the confidence to apply their learned knowledge to wider legal problems and issues that arise through further reading, research and learning.

(vi) to provide a learning forum for students to develop legal knowledge and skills that can be applied in group tutorial settings, and to foster an interest that encourages and enables analysis and critical discussion of related legal issues.

(vii) to encourage independent study of taught areas of law as well as fostering an interest in developing knowledge and interest in wider related issues that go beyond the scope of the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions. Students must also enrol on Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree examination 100% of the final mark. In order to test the students overall knowledge and skills in relation to the course, all students must answer a compulsory problem question that covers all sections of the course work and that is worth 50% of the final mark. In addition to this, students must choose one out of two more specific, focused problem questions worth 25% of the final mark, as well as one out of two essay questions worth the final 25% of the mark.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Having completed the course students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of: *legal personality (natural) and the legal capacity of children; *the establishment of parenthood and its consequences, including responsibilities and rights;
  2. *the civil status and legal rights of children; *child protection and state intervention;
  3. *the creation and place of marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation in contemporary society; *the dissolution of marriage and civil partnerships; *the proprietary consequences of divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships;
  4. *the legal position of cohabitants and the rights and obligation arising from cohabitation;
  5. *the impact of international human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 on Scots Family Law; *the impact of the EU on Scots Family Law
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Having completed the course students should be able to demonstrate a basic ability to:

*Recognise, analyse and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance and importance by:
o managing volume of legal sources and select key material to construct written or oral answers to a problem.
o identifying the legal problem from information provided.
o addressing problems by reference to relevant material.
o bringing together and integrating information and materials from a variety of different sources.
o acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context.
o application of the law and problem-solving in a legal context.
o presenting arguments for and against propositions.

*Be aware that arguments require to be supported by evidence, in order to meet legal requirements of proof by showing awareness of the need for evidence to support arguments

*Apply knowledge and analysis
o in a legal context
o creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to concrete problems by presenting a range of viable options from a set of facts and law.

*Think critically and make critical judgments on the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions

*Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which he or she has already studied

*Reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback
KeywordsFamily Law Ord
Course organiserMrs Katy MacFarlane
Course secretaryMiss Lauren McCrory-Irving
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