Postgraduate Module Descriptor
LAWM689: The Family, Law and Social Change
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
This module will through the lens of family law and policy critically examine the way in which law responds to social change. It aims to evaluate the theoretical explanations for the nature of this relationship, the doctrinal influences on a domestic and international level and the direct and indirect impact on it of inter-disciplinary socio-legal research.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. engage in critical reading of national and international theoretical, doctrinal and socio-legal writing on family law to achieve a developed understanding of the various critiques of the relationship between the family, law and society |
2. appreciate the sometimes controversial role of socio-legal research in uncovering and identifying the changing processes and social developments which lie behind it.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. develop an inter-disciplinary approach to socio-legal issues, express their own thoughts on the topics studied, such as sociological, political or policy-oriented reflections|
4. combine and draw on both theoretical approaches and inter-disciplinary empirical research, while demonstrating the ability to address competing arguments
|Personal and Key Skills||5. capacity to conduct independent study and group work and meet deadlines|
6. develop critical approach to legal and socio-legal research in the family law and policy domain
7. develop high level of competence in accessing legal and socio-legal bibliographic sources
8. assemble systematic and sustained argument orally and in writing in a family law context