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LA358 - Child Law

  • Module code: LA358
  • Module name: Child Law
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Child law raises highly controversial issues of social policy. Even the most basic issue – identifying who is the legal parent of a child – is fraught with difficulty, given the competing arguments in favour of biological and social parents. There are also important questions about the responsibilities of parents towards their children, and whether those responsibilities differ according to whether the parties are living under the same roof. Arguments based on parental ‘rights’ are heard with increasing frequency in the wake of the Human Rights Act 1998, and there is also an important debate as to the extent to which children have independent rights. The separation of the parents gives rise to new topics of dispute: with whom should the children live, should they continue to have contact with the other parent, and does the non-residential parent retain any say in the children’s upbringing? Such disputes are resolved by the courts according to judicial perceptions of what is in the best interests of the child (itself a contested and mutable concept). The final section of the course examines the circumstances in which the state may intervene in family life to protect children from harm, which raises profound questions about the relationships between the child, the parent, and the state and the justification for state intervention.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 2 Half Module

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/current/undergraduate/materials/LA358

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA358-15)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 40%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 60%
Assessed Course Work 40%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 60%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (3 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M111) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (4 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M113) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (with Intercalated year) (ML35) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN31) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN31) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN32) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN32) - Year 4
  • Law and Business Four Year (Qualifying Degree) (MN34) - Year 2
  • Law and Business Four Year (Qualifying Degree) (MN34) - Year 3
  • Law and Business Four Year (Qualifying Degree) (MN34) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (3+1) (MN35) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (3+1) (MN35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (4+1) (MN36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (4+1) (MN36) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (4+1) (MN36) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (Qualifying Degree) with Intercalated Year (MN37) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (Qualifying Degree) with Intercalated Year (MN37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (Qualifying Degree) with Intercalated Year (MN37) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X321) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 6
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (X323) - Year 7
  • Undergraduate Early Childhood Studies (2+2) (X325) - Year 4