Family, Law and Society

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Family, Law and Society

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Family Studies, Pre-Law, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module has two aims: to equip students with the law regulating familial and inter-personal relationships and challenge students to critically assess the role of this law in Irish society. Students will learn to:- identify the sources & principles of family law; understand the extent to which this family law regulates familial and inter-personal relationships; and apply family law to hypothetical and actual case studies. Students are expected to attend lectures and to engage in online learning activities. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Define the concept of the family and identify different sources of family law
    2. Evaluate the State's interest in the legal regulation of interpersonal relationships
    3. Apply family law to hypothetical and real scenarios
    4. Determine what reforms are necessary and feasible for Irish family law
    5. Appreciate how this module relates to other modules such as the Foundations of Constitutional Law
    6. Research and write an essay on a family law topic which addresses the role of family law

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.