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Certificate in Introduction to Family Law in Selected Jurisdictions

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Course Overview

This continuing education course of Introduction to Family Law in Selected Jurisdictions is comprised of 30 contact hours which will introduce participants to the core legal frameworks surrounding four topics in the law concerning familial relationships.

Participants will be exposed to the way in which the law negates and develops rights and responsibilities with regards to core familial relationships.

By exposing participants to the basic legal frameworks, the course will assist in generating knowledge and understanding amongst participant of their legal rights and responsibilities.

Course Objectives

This course seeks to:

  • Identify the various familial relationships recognized under the law in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica
  • Explore the legal rights and responsibilities of parents
  • Explore domestic violence in the region
  • Examine specific frameworks surrounding dissolution of marriage
  • Examine women’s role in relationships, within families and communities

Who is this course for?

This short continuing education certificate course is designed for persons with a general interest in family law and persons in social services working with families and children.

Course Topics

The units to be covered in this course are as follows:

  • Introduction to the legal system in selected jurisdictions
  • Dissolution of marriage and the legal consequences
  • Domestic violence
  • Rights and responsibilities of parents in relation to their child
  • Cohabitational relationships

Method of Assessment

Participants will be graded based on a combination of written and oral course components.

Participants will not be assessed on their core knowledge of the law; but rather on their opinions and thoughts of the topics covered throughout the course.

Course Application

There are no prerequisites.  However, participants should have a genuine interest in the subject matter.  It is anticipated that all students will have good written and verbal communication skills.


Application forms for this course can be collected from:

The University of the West Indies

Open Campus

The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados


Course Registration Period

All application forms must be returned to The UWI Open Campus, The Pine, St. Michael by August 31, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Duration of Course

The course will be offered face-to-face for 10 weeks commencing September 2017.

Course Cost



This course will be offered face to face at The UWI Open Campus Country Sites

The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados.