Short Title:Legal Studies
Full Title:Legal Studies
Module Code:LEGA H3001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:To equip students with legal knowledge for Social Care
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the characteristics of Irish and European legislation as they relate to family Law
LO2 Identify the separate components of family law in the Irish Jurisdiction
LO3 Distinguish between the vaious 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) %
Family Law in Ireland
Family Support Agency act 2001, The Scope of Family Law, The Family Defined, Constitutional Protection, Education, Non-marital family, The natural mother and Child, Constitutional Review, Marriage.
The Nature of Marriage
Marriage under the Constitution, The Agreement to Marry, Cohabitation Agreements, Property Disputes, Capacity to Marry, Church Marriage and Civil Marriages.
Nullity of Marriage
Void Marriages, Lack of Valid Consent, Mistake, Mental Incapacity, Voidable Marriages.
Separation by Agreement
The Nature of a Separation Agreement, Legislative Developments in Ireland, Judicial Developments, Standard Clauses and Separation Agreements, Termination of Separation Agreements.
Judicial Separation
Effects Decree of Judicial Separation, Judicial Separation and Divorce, Grounds for Judicial Separation, Reconciliation and Mediation.
Divorce and the Constitution, The Statutory Framework, Custody of Children, Grounds for Divorce, Foreign Divorces, Financial and Property Provisions on Divorce and Judicial Separations.
Preliminary Orders
Maintenance, Variation of Settlement Orders, Financial Compensation, Sale of Property, Provisions for Dependents.
Property Disputes between Spouses
Procedure in Property Disputes, Contributions to Family Fund.
Family Home
The family Home Protection Act 1976, Household Property, Decided Cases.
The Status of Children
Position in Common Law, legitimation, and protection of children (social policy and legal protections, adoption, and abduction
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 The continuous assessment will follow the format of a legal problem wherein the student will need to be able to identify the legal issues, cite the relevant regulations/legislation, apply the law to the case study, and draw appropriate legal conclusions. 2,3 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   70.00 End-of-Semester

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
  • Nestor, J 2000, Introduction to Irish Family Law, Gill and Macmillan
Recommended Book Resources
  • Shatter, A, Family Law, Latest Ed., Butterworths Dublin
  • Craig, P and DeBurca, G, EC Law: text, cases and materials, Latest Ed., Clarendon Press, Oxford
  • Power 2001, Marital Breakdown Legislation, Round Hall Dublin
  • Shannon 2001, Changing Landscape of Divorce, Round Hall Dublin
  • Shannon 2001, Maintenance, Pensions and Taxation in Family Law Proceedings, Round Hall Dublin
  • Shannon 2001, Family Law Practitioner, 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 6 Mandatory