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This course considers a number of important topics in contemporary Scots family law. An underlying theme is whether the law in these areas is satisfactory or in need of reform, and what shape reform might take. Topics include; domestic violence, same-sex relationships the welfare test, divorce law, family mediation, assisted reproduction, adoption and international family relocation. There is a comparative element to some of the seminar topics as relevant Scots law is compared with the position in England and/or other common law jurisdictions. The effects on Scots family law of the European Convention of Human Rights are also explored.
|Second Sub Session
|25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
The course aims to provide a deeper and more critical analysis of certain topics that are covered in the level 2 course of Family Law, to assess the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary Scots Family Law, to consider proposals for improving family law (drawing upon the experience of other jurisdictions where appropriate), to improve students’ research and writing skills through essay work, and to develop a range of important intellectual and transferable skills.
Main Learning Outcomes
Students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of why Scots family law has developed in the way that it has and an appreciation of some of the current debates in contemporary family law, including a coverage of divorce law reform, same-sex relationships the resolution of residence and contact disputes in respect of children and the issue of legal parentage in cases involving assisted reproduction.
Knowledge and Understanding
Students will be able to apply the knowledge to specific legal questions of a complex nature and evaluate different approaches to such problems in the areas they have studied.
Subject Specific Skills and Concepts
Students will acquire the understanding of the current issues in Scottish family law.
Key Skills (Transferable)
Students will be able to:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1 three-hour examination (75%) and a 2,000 word essay (25%).
There are no assessments for this course.
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