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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD303 Course ID: 4296 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This upper level undergraduate course introduces students to the legal and procedural requirements of family law. Students will explore various legal procedures and extrajudicial methods. Topics such as marital agreements, separation, divorce, alimony, custody, adoptions, domestic violence, cohabitation, and same-sex marriages will be covered. Emphasis is placed on linking theory to practice.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/2022 - 11/04/2022 11/07/2022 - 01/01/2023 November Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
07/25/2022 - 12/30/2022 01/02/2023 - 02/26/2023 January Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Conduct a review of the historical role of family law from 19th century America to the present day.
  2. Examine the legal aspects of premarital agreements, same-sex marriages, and cohabitation.
  3. Describe the determination of child support and the issue of contempt.
  4. Compare and critique standards regarding adoption and surrogacy within the U.S.
  5. Examine and distinguish among the types of alimony.
  6. Analyze the distribution of property and debt after dissolution.
  7. Identify and understand the different the legal features of child custody, visitation, and third-party rights.
  8. Examine the law and current events as to termination of parental rights.
  9. Examine the legal sources of family law.
  10. Understand paternity and the related legal implications.

Weekly Discussions due during the course count as 40% of the final grade. Questions and topics posed in the Discussions are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Discussion is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The discussion grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the discussion entry.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

Deductions:

Late forum posts can be penalized up to 5 points per day

Late assignments can be penalized up to 5 points per day

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Week 1: Introductions 1.00 %
Discussions 39.00 %
Week 1: Societal Values and Divorce 4.88 %
Week 2: Premarital Agreements 4.88 %
Week 3: Alimony 4.88 %
Week 4 Custody and Visitation 4.88 %
Week 5: Adoption 4.88 %
Week 6: Paternity Act 4.88 %
Week 7: Child Support & Contempt 4.88 %
Week 8: Surrogacy & Government Intrusion in Family Matters 4.88 %
Week 3 Divorce assignment 14.29 %
Divorce case (Due end of week 3) 14.29 %
Week 5 Case Essay 15.00 %
Case Essay (Due end of Wk 5) 15.00 %
Week 7 Final Paper 30.00 %
Final Paper (Due end of week 7) 30.00 %

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Conduct a review of the historical role of family law from 19th century America to the present day.
  2. Examine the legal aspects of premarital agreements, same-sex marriages, and cohabitation.
  3. Describe the determination of child support and the issue of contempt.
  4. Compare and critique standards regarding adoption and surrogacy within the U.S.
  5. Examine and distinguish among the types of alimony.
  6. Analyze the distribution of property and debt after dissolution.
  7. Identify and understand the different the legal features of child custody, visitation, and third-party rights.
  8. Examine the law and current events as to termination of parental rights.
  9. Examine the legal sources of family law.
  10. Understand paternity and the related legal implications.
Book Title:Family Law in Perspective - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781636590691
Publication Info:Foundation Press Lib
Author:Wadlington, O'Brien, Wilson
Unit Cost:$50.00
 
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.