Short Title:Legal Studies
Full Title:Legal Studies
Module Code:LEGA H2001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Paul Gormley
Module Description:• Introduce students to the Irish legal system • To enable students to participate in the research of relevant national legislation as well as relevant national cases.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify principles of Irish law.
LO2 Distinguish between the various provisions of child-related legislation and evaluate their impact on the case work of the social care practitioner.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The Irish Legal System
The Irish Courts and the Irish Constitution, The Oireachtas and the Irish Political System, The Doctrine of Separation of Powers, The Irish Courts and Judicial System – Administering Family Law, Citizenship, Nationality, Domicile, Citizenship Legislation in relation to Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
The Status of Children
Position of Common Law. Parentage. Legitimisation. Registering the Birth. Reregistering the Birth.
Protection of Children
Health Board Intervention. Legislation - Child Care Act. Duty of Health Board. Voluntary Care. Homeless Children. Adoption Services. Care Proceedings. Welfare Principle. Courts Powers. The Provision of Care by Health Boards. Wardship. Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 (As amended 2004) - Criminal Law (Human Trafficking ) Act 2008.
What is adoption? Placement for adoption. Who may be adopted. Who may adopt. The adoption procedure. The Adoption Act 1998. Abandonment of Parental Rights. Confidentiality. The Register. Intercountry Adoptions. The Hague Convention.
Child Abduction
The Comity of Courts Doctrine. International Law. Statutory Regulation. Child Law Legislation. The Hague Convention. The Luxembourg Convention.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment n/a   30.00 n/a
Assignment n/a 2 0.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Doolan, B 1999, Principles of Irish Law, Gill and Macmillan
  • Nestor, J 2000, Introduction to Irish Family Law, Gill and Macmillan
Recommended Book Resources
  • Craig, P and DeBurca, G, EC Law: text, cases and materials, Latest Ed., Clarendon Press, Oxford
  • Shatter, A, Family Law, Latest Ed., Butterworths Dublin
  • Ward 1997, The Child Care Act 1991, Round Hall Sweet and Maxwell Dublin
  • Power 2001, Child Law Legislation, Round Hall Dublin
  • Shannon 2001, Children and the Law, Round Hall Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 5 Elective