05.07.2005 08:48 Age: 16 yrs
Category: Law News

Winter Flexischool on Emalus Campus

Over 80 students from all over the region including FSM attended a flexi-Winter School at Emalus School over the mid-year break. They were there to study Family Law (LA306) which is a topic full of controversies, topical issues, contemporary relevance, and of course something everyone can relate to from their own experience. Course materials were available to students on-line four weeks before the course and pre-reading, research and the completion of self-study tasks, formed part of the assessed work.

Contact classes were held over an intense two week period in June, with students having to engage in a wide variety of tasks including those done in student-organised study groups. A range of teaching and learning methods were used besides the more standard tutorials and lectures, including role playing, script writing for a designated audience, games, debates, moots and slogan writing designed to change attitudes which could have a negative impact on social and family relations.

The IT discussion page was used extensively with over 900 contributions. Nothing was taboo and views ranged from the strongly traditional to the most modern and liberal. Student feedback was very positive with some students even remarking that they could not have spent their holiday time better!

Certainly there is a demand for this type of course and the flexible delivery being supported by the Law School means that students are able to study a range of electives which might not otherwise be available to them.

The course was offered by Sue Farran who was formerly a member of staff of the Law School but who is now based at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Sue certainly enjoyed the experience of returning to Vanuatu and of being able to teach Pacific students again.

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