LAW-10031 - Administrative law
Coordinator: John Cotter Tel: +44 1782 7 34519
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

LAW-20086 (Administrative Law at Level 5). Students completing LAW-10031 may not select the Level 5 version of the module.

Description for 2023/24

When governments and their agents over-reach their powers, how can we challenge this abuse? In this module, we examine the power of the law (especially judicial review) as a mechanism to challenge administrative decision making of an oppressive kind. We also look at the growth of delegated powers within a complex modern democracy like the UK and seek to understand how the overall concept of public law is founded in a study of the relationship between state and individual.

To provide a general introduction to administrative law, with particular reference to judicial review, and to provide essential skills in the analysis of doctrinal law.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

comprehend, analyse and critically discuss; the relationship between constitutional and administrative law, as well as the function and basis of judicial review and its impact on administrative decision making
: 1
show development in skills in reading and analyzing administrative legislation and cases
: 1
identify and explain contextual factors, such as political dynamics which shape the legal powers and control of the administration: 1
demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the sources, structures and procedures surrounding administrative law and its relationship to constitutional law: 1

Study hours

20 x 1-hour lectures
6 x 2-hour tutorials
48 hours of tutorial preparation
40 hours of pre- and post-lecture reading
30 hours of revision and assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 100%
Coursework with a word limit of 2000 words (excluding footnotes)
Comprehensive problem question requiring legal solution and critical discussion of the outcome with a review to potential reform of the applicable administrative law