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LAWS13011 - Family Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course surveys the law in Australia which regulates the key 'life-cycle' incidents of the marriage institution together with equivalent related and derivative relationships, plus associated consequential transactions. The course has a three part structure. The first part examines the socio-legal origins of current Australian family law and its constitutional and jurisdictional framework. The second part addresses the key substantive topics of: formation and dissolution of the marriage relationship and its socio-legal equivalents; the fiscal-legal relationship between parents and children; and associated fiscal and property matters. Finally, the third part encompasses both non-cooperative related party transacting (violence and abuse matters) and more positively , the enhanced ability of related parties to contract out of default standardised rules of (dis)engagement.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: In zoom session and email feedback to the UC
Feedback
Students spoke positively of the availability of the unit materials, podcasts, video and assessment information on the day the unit went live on Moodle.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to ensure all materials and assessment information are made available on Moodle the day the unit goes live to provide students with an opportunity to commence their study before Term 2.
Action Taken
All materials, podcast, previous zoom recordings and assessment were made available on Moodle two weeks before Term 2 commenced.
Source: Feedback to the UC in zoom sessions an via email and 'have your say' survey
Feedback
Students informed the UC that some pages in some chapters of the textbook were not required reading for the module they were studying. They felt that some parts of the chapters did not assist in their knowledge of family law.
Recommendation
The UC has identified that in some chapters there are readings that may not be required for the assessment in this unit. If the same textbook is used for future offerings the UC will specify in the unit profile, page numbers within some chapters that students should read.
Action Taken
Unit profile was specific with chapter readings.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students provided positive feedback that the unit materials, podcasts, previous zoom sessions and assessment information on Moodle two weeks before the term commenced.
Recommendation
The UC will continue to ensure all materials for the unit are available on Moodle two weeks before Term 2 commences.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The current textbook is the 2nd edition published in 2016.
Recommendation
A 3rd edition of the textbook is currently with the editor and will be published in March 2021. The 3rd edition will be used in Term 2 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse, appraise and apply the main legislative schemes governing the formation and dissolution of marriage and other relations together with the regulation of associated institutions plus related and subordinate financial and property matters.
  2. Competently apply the relevant statutory provisions and case law to practical problems.
  3. Undertake and effectively communicate competent legal research of primary and secondary legal material on family law topics covered by this course.
  4. Describe the historical socio-legal antecedents of current Australian family law.
  5. Outline and discuss the policy shift in regulation supportive of self-help, contracting out and private arrangements in general

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination