Family and Welfare Law
Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Marie Parker
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of this module is to enable students to state and apply the rules of English and Welsh family and welfare law. Students will be required to develop a critical appreciation of the particular circumstances – political, social, and cultural – in which Family and Welfare law has developed. Students will be expected to make critical assessments of relevant scholarship, particularly in relation to public policy debates relating to fundamental matters pertaining to Family and Welfare law including the rights of cohabitants, divorce law, same-sex couples, and approaches to child protection.
The module will allow the student to study modern English and Welsh family and welfare law, in particular the law relating to adult relationships and family property, the relationship between children and adults, the resolution of disputes concerning children, the protection of children, legal responses to domestic abuse, and the law relating to homelessness and the protection of elderly and vulnerable adults.
Excellent: A- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.
Threshold: D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.
Good: B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.
C- to C+
C- to C+ (50-59%) An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.
Demonstrate a practical understanding of relevant law relating to English and Welsh family and welfare law.
Find, identify and use relevant legal sources in relation to English and Welsh family and welfare law.
Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary debates in relation to English and Welsh family and welfare law.
Apply knowledge of English and Welsh family and welfare law to actual or hypothetical factual scenarios.
Demonstrate the ability to carry out independent legal research in relation to English and Welsh family and welfare law.
40% of the assessment for this module will consist of a 2,500 word essay. The word limit excludes footnotes and bibliography.
60% of the assessment for this module will consist of a 2 hour exam.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
There will be a 2 hour lecture per week.
Students will be expected to carry out private study. During this time, students will carry out background reading and research.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Develop the ability to interpret legal rules and employ techniques of legal reasoning competently and efficiently in order to offer a range of solutions and conclusions to actual or hypothetical complex legal problems, all supported by relevant academic literature, jurisprudence and legislative research. Such solutions will be clearly communicated and presented
- Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
- Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-2126.html
Core Text: Nigel Lowe, Gillian Douglas, et al., Bromley's Family Law (12th edn, OUP 2021)
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- NM11: BA Business and Law year 2 (BA/BUSALAW)
- NM1B: BA Business and Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/BUSLAW1)
- M100: LLB Law year 2 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (LLB/L1)
- M10P: LLB Law with Placement Year year 2 (LLB/LP)