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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2035B: Constitutional and Administrative Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

  • An understanding of the concepts, traditions and principles underpinning the constitution of the United Kingdom.
  • An understanding of the main recent constitutional developments, especially in relation to the European Union, devolution, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • An understanding of the application of the ECHR within the United Kingdom via the HRA and common law.
  • An understanding of the Westminster constitutional paradigm and its variants.
  • An understanding of the nature, basis and continuing development of judicial review in the United Kingdom.
  • An ability to see the links between public law and the exercise of political and judicial power.
  • An ability to begin to use, analyse and critique materials and texts.
  • An ability to articulate and discuss issues relating to public law.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of the law relating to the nature and practices of the concepts of constitutional democracy, the rule of law, the protection of individual liberties and judicial review within the UK and a range of major concepts, values and principles relevant to its application;
2. explain/evaluate the main legal institutions and procedures relevant to constitutional and administrative law;
3. identify, explain and discuss key issues in both constitutional and administrative law and to apply relevant rules and theories.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and the capacity to explain the relationships among them;
5. demonstrate knowledge of legal concepts and their contextual/social/political implications;
6. select and explain relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques.
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate effective and accurate communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
8. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of resources with guidance;