Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Emphasis is placed on discovering the basic foundations for legal relationships between citizen and state and the status of the various 'players' (the legislature, government departments and the courts). The module examines the reality of power relations inherent in a modern democracy and examines the necessity for, and the importance of, recent Human Rights legislation. Beyond that, however, it introduces students to the major principles which lie behind the practice of 'public law' generally.
To provide a general introduction to English constitutional law and to provide essential skills in the analysis of doctrinal law and the role of the legislature while acquiring some of the socio-legal methods of critique applicable to individual-state relations.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Comprehend, analyse and critically discuss:Constitutional law traditions, institutions, processes and doctrines in the UKThe distribution of power in the UK constitutionThe various sources of the constitutionRecent constitutional reform, including the Human Rights Act 1998, devolution and the reform of the House of Lords; will be achieved by assessments: 1Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the sources, structures and procedures of constitutional law and the main institutions and actors involved; and be able to analyse critically the role of constitutional law in creating the legal relationship between individual and state; will be achieved by assessments: 1Understand the functional workings of the component parts of the constitution from a contextual perspective, and evaluate the ethical implications of these arrangements; will be achieved by assessments: 1Successfully apply legal principles to factual situations in order to suggest possible outcomes to cases. will be achieved by assessments: 1
Lectures = 18 X 1 hourTutorials = 10 X 1 hour (including workshops)Tutorial preparation = 30 hoursMoot competition preperation = 52 hoursDirected reading =40 hoursTOTAL = 150 hours
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2000 word essayA 2,000 words research essay where students are asked to analyse a constitutional law doctrine/theory covered in the course, in light of recent developments in UK public law.