Courses & Units

Family 1 - the Family and the Child LAW681



Examines the legal relationships arising out of the family (with the exception of financial relationships which are dealt with in LAW682 Family 2 -- Financial Aspects of Family Law). Topics covered in this unit include marriage, nullity, and divorce; the role and operation of the Family Court; methods of dispute resolution in family law; children's rights (particularly vis a vis their parents); principles of child placement on the breakdown of the parent's relationship. Students will be encouraged to consider the application of family law from a broad perspective including consideration of relevant policy issues. Students will also be given an understanding of the changing nature of the law in this area with particular attention being given to areas of family law that have recently undergone reform as well as other areas where reform may be desirable.


Unit name Family 1 - the Family and the Child
Unit code LAW681
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2016 23/3/2016 11/4/2016 27/5/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2016: $1,305.00 2016: $1,523.00 090907

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  • Pre-requisites: EITHER LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

Blended Learning Delivery

Pre-class set readings

Face to Face: 1x50-min lectures weekly; two hour seminar during eleven weeks of semester

Online: Online learning activities weekly


Policy Brief/Law Reform Submission, Reflective Court Report, Participation, Examination

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