Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedPrato Term 2 2014 (Day)

Quota applies

The number of places available for a unit taught in Prato is strictly limited to 45. This is the maximum room capacity at the Prato Centre.


This unit challenges students about notions of families and relationships within society. It looks at marriages and de facto partnerships; what constitutes a 'family' and the dynamics of parent-child relationships. It also considers what constitutes the 'best interests' of a child including cases involving child abuse and the role of social science in decision making. It also examines international issues such as relocation, abduction, adoption and surrogacy.


  1. identify and evaluate specific issues in Australian and comparative family law regarding families and parent-child relationships

  1. analyse, interpret and contrast different approaches to the concept of 'family' and 'best interests of a child'

  1. research appropriate responses to different legal and policy issues about regulating families and relationships and write a substantial piece demonstrating research and synthesizing skills

  1. communicate effectively and persuasively on issues pertaining to family law

  1. learn and work autonomously and use feedback to improve their own capabilities and performance

  1. evaluate the role of law in regulating families and inter-personal relationships


20% class attendance and participation
80% research assignment of 4000 words (presented in accord with the AGLC)
Suggested topics will be provided but students can devise their own research topic with the lecturer's approval

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

36 hours over four weeks


Introduction to legal reasoning and Research and writing or equivalent