module specification

LL6065 - Child Law (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Child Law
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 100%   This will assess the ability cogently to analyse legal case studies within the context of the child law
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

Child Law aims to provide students with knowledge and a critical perspective of the legal principles relating to Child Law, especially in the context of recent and proposed reforms.

The topics covered are the role and involvement of local authorities, and private law issues, such as disputes about paternity, relocation, contact orders and assisted reproduction.

The aims of the module are as follows:

1. Students will acquire knowledge of the rules and ethics of child law which have arisen both at common law and under statute.

2. Students will develop several key transferable skills, including independent research, critical analysis and cogent academic writing in the context of child law, emphasising the use of primary and secondary sources;

3. Students will enhance their employability by the development both of these skills, and by the practice of written communication activities (including summative) and oral communication activities (formative only).


1. Private Law disputes concerning children  LO1, LO2 and LO3

2. Local Authorities and Families  LO1, LO2 and LO3

3. Assisted Reproduction and Parenthood  LO1, LO2 and LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Learning and Teaching Strategy

Weekly two-hour lecture and one-hour seminar. 

The lecture will be used for:

• Dissemination of knowledge through an overview of each topic with detailed guidance on appropriate aspects;
• An introduction to relevant academic literature;
• Guidance on learning strategies;
• Use of WebLearn and IT resources;
• Whole group questions and discussion.

The seminar will be used for the development of skills necessary to attain the module learning outcomes through:

• Written and oral questions/answers designed to reinforce fundamental rules, principles and cases;
• A range of step-by-step analytical exercises;
• Problem solving;
• IT tasks, such as research of cases and statutes;
• Legal writing.

Blended Learning

All learning materials, previous examination questions and sample Q/A’s will be on WebLearn for use in directed private study.

Student engagement will be encouraged in both lectures and seminars through weekly use of WebLearn for access to all of the above materials.

There will be required use of the professional legal databases, especially Westlaw and Lexis Library, for legal research.

Opportunities for reflective learning/pdp

Each weekly seminar will contain space for students to reflect on what they have learnt in relation to the overall syllabus. There will be frequent feedback opportunities structured into the timetable and a range of sample answers posted onto WebLearn.

Students’ Study Responsibilities

The need for attendance, punctuality, preparation and engagement will be emphasised with particular reference to written and IT research, problem-solving, team-work, discussion, debate and critical awareness of the subject.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

1. Apply the principles of child law, to give advice in realistic case-studies scenarios.

2. Demonstrate the ability critically to analyse case study problems relating to the topics covered in the syllabus.

3. Demonstrate the ability to solve legal problems relating to child law

Assessment strategy

Multiple Choice Questions: 2 hours

This will assess the ability cogently to analyse legal case studies within the context of the child law, by way of situational judgment and fact-based MCQ’s.


The link to the Talis reading list will be provided when the module is due to start running.