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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3020: Family Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:


Family dispute resolution and the changing family justice system

Legal parenthood and parental responsibility

Private law parenting disputes

Child protection

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Cohabitation Law

Divorce/ CP Dissolution and nullity

Finance and property settlements on divorce

Domestic Abuse

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4020 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1510 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided independent study140Individual reading and lecture/workshop preparation activities
Guided independent study75Summative assessment
Guided independent study30Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).