Course Title: Introduction to Family Law in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Family Law in Australia

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
HE Flexible 2016

Course Coordinator: Mary Louise Hatch

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods"

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of family law for the legal practitioner. The aim is to introduce law students to aspects of family law legislation and cases. The course will assist students to develop an interest in the family law jurisdiction for possible practice as a lawyer and identify and develop discuss law reform options.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of aspects of Family Law in Australia;
2. critically evaluate the Family Law system in Australia and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to Family Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to Family Law and generate appropriate responses.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities generally comprise the following:

• Leading and participating in class discussion on legal problems and policy issues and engaging in roleplays;
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is supported online using the Learning Hub of the DLS. The DLS gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by assignments and an open book examination in the examination period.