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LAWS13011 - Family Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course surveys the law in Australia, which regulates the breakdown of relationships including marriage and defacto. The course has a three-part structure. The first part examines the socio-legal aspects of family law and its constitutional and jurisdictional framework. The second part addresses the key substantive topics of the dissolution of the marriage relationship and defacto relationships; the fiscal-legal relationship between parents and children; and associated property matters. Finally, the third part reviews the parenting provisions and the interrelationship between family law and social science.

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 - 2014

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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Group Discussion 10%
5. Examination 40%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.25% 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: 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
The UC delivered all unit materials, the podcasts and assessment one the day Moodle went live.
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
The UC prescribed a new textbook in Family Law, the third edition published in 2021.
Source: Student communication with UC and feedback survey
Feedback
Increased advocacy based tasks for assessments
Recommendation
The assessment tasks in this unit will be re-written to focus on a broad range of advocacy skills. Future assessment tasks may include written and oral advocacy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student communication with the UC
Feedback
Students spoke positively of the unit being delivered via intensive mode
Recommendation
The unit will continue to be delivered via intensive mode.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student communication with the UC
Feedback
Students spoke positively of the unit materials and assessment one availaible two weeks before the term commence
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will ensure all unit notes, the podcasts and assessment one are available on Moodle the day the unit goes live to give students an opportunity to start the unit prior to week one.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Identified by the UC
Feedback
Update required of the unit learning outcomes and overview of the unit given the merger of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia
Recommendation
A proposal has already been initiated to amend the unit profile to reflect the new court name and associated court rules.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Identified by the UC
Feedback
If the unit moves towards a broad range of advocacy tasks, we need to ensure the unit overview in the unit profile specifies the types of assessment tasks students might have to undertake for example oral assessment
Recommendation
A proposal has already been initiated to amend the unit profile to state the assessment tasks will include advocacy work such as oral advocacy and written advocacy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Feedback via the have your say survey
Feedback
Students gave positive feedback that the UC discussed each topic in the live Zoom sessions based on real life examples and the topics were discussed through a family law scenario so they could see how the issues are dealt with and evolve in legal practice and the court room
Recommendation
The UC will continue to use real life family law scenarios when discussing family law legal issues.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend, research and explain the general scheme of family law in Australia, including the approach taken by the courts in resolving family law issues using the Family Law legislation, Family Law rules, relevant Federal Circuit Court rules and associated case law.
  2. Evaluate international jurisdictional issues involved with the removal of children from Australia.
  3. Critically evaluate family law disputes, identifying relevant issues and options to resolve them including applying dispute resolution skills.

Not applicable.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Group Discussion
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Group Discussion
5 - Examination