LLAW6174 & JDOC6174

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6174 / JDOC6174
Course name: Family Mediation
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Using a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and simulation, Family Mediation will present students with the theory and practice of family mediation, including: a basic grounding in the practice and theories of mediation, an understanding of the many variations of how mediation is actually conducted in Family Law cases, critical judgement as to when Family Law Mediation might or might not be appropriate in individual cases, a familiarity with legislation involving Family Law Mediation and critical inquiry as to the efficacy of different legislative initiatives, special issues facing mediators in Family Law Mediation, and ethical considerations both as a Family Law Mediator and as a solicitor in Family Law Mediation.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Robyn Hooworth rhooworth.mediation@gmail.com N/A By email
Course convenor Sala Sihombing sala@conflictchange.com N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe and explain the principles and process of family mediation, the role of the family mediator and ethical considerations for family mediation.

CLO 2 Apply relevant knowledge of family law regarding children and financial matters.

CLO 3 Demonstrate awareness of the psychological impact of separation on parties in family mediation.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an understanding of psychosocial developmental stages for children and appropriate care arrangements post separation.

CLO 5 Ability to assess suitability for family mediation including domestic violence and conflict diagnosis.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Mediator opening TBC 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper 10 May 2024 70% 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3-hour seminars in an intensive mode
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/