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Issues Of Family Law LAW4033

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim of the course is to enable students to study certain aspects of family law in more depth than is possible in the level 1 course but also to situate analysis of issues of family law within a broader historical, theoretical and social context.


There will be 15 x 2 hour seminars, spread throughout the teaching periods in semesters 1 and 2.  Thursday 1300-1500

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to LL.B students

Excluded Courses





1. A summative essay (2500 words) - 30% of final assessment

1. Exam (3 hour) - 70% of final assessment

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To develop an understanding of aspects of Scots family law

To consider evolving legal notions of persons, family and relationships within broader historical, social and political contexts

To develop awareness of a range of theories which are relevant to the legal regulation of family relationships

To encourage students to develop critical analysis of aspects of family law in terms of a range of theoretical and contextual frameworks

To analyse aspects of interaction between legal rules and personal relationships within the context of families

To encourage critical analysis of aspects of current Scots family law and of proposed reform

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of a range of aspects of current Scots family law.

Show an awareness of a range of theories which have influenced the legal regulation of families.

Analyse critically areas of current family law and proposed reforms.

Demonstrate awareness of issues of legal regulation of family relationships.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits