Course Title: Family, Society and the Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Family, Society and the Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Binoy Kampmark

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2174

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides a socio-legal exploration of some of the issues relating to families in Australia. Through a critique of the law, you will study the ways the state operates to regulate, maintain and control the notion of family. You will learn about the historical and cultural context of family law in Australia, including the changing nature of the family and the ways that the law has dealt with that change. The course includes concepts of children’s rights (including the issue of child abuse) and parental responsibility, financial issues relating to separation and divorce, and dispute resolution options. You will also consider international aspects of family law, including international child abduction, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
a) Analyse fundamental principles and concepts of family law in Australia through the use of case and statue law.
b) Identify and critique rights and obligations created by family law
c) Critique the practice of conflict resolution in Australia
d) Explain and apply legislation and case law relating to the family law in Australia, and in international contexts
e) Critically appraise a range of possible reform options to identify and reflect upon ethical dilemmas that may arise in practice;
f) Formulate dispute resolution options to solve legal problems

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on advanced theories, principles, philosophies in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include interactive workshop activities, role plays, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, videos, online media and activities and student lead discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There may be a prescribed text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, tests and quizzes, presentations, team work, problem solving tasks, role playing, and essay writing.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: