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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, the welfare test, divorce law, 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 jurisdictions. The effects on Scots family law of the European Convention of Human Rights are also explored.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)|
One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.
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, domestic abuse, the resolution of residence and contact disputes in respect of children and the issue of legal parentage in cases involving assisted reproduction.
- 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.
Key Skills (Transferable)
Students will be able to:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2x 2500 word essays (50% each)
Essay: resubmission of coursework
Alternative Resit Arrangements (2020-2021)
Resit failed element in same format
Alternative Resit Arrangements (2019-2020 & C8 Students)
There are no assessments for this course.
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|Factual||Remember||ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.|