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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2035B: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The nature of constitutions and the purposes of constitutionalism;
  • The constitution of the United Kingdom: institutions; legal and non-legal rules underlying principles: parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law and separation of powers;
  • The impact of European law on parliamentary sovereignty and the constitution of the United Kingdom;
  • The impact of devolution on the constitution of the United Kingdom;
  • The Human Rights Act 1998, ECHR and the protection of rights and freedoms within the United Kingdom;
  • Judicial review of administrative action; and
  • Where appropriate comparisons with similar legal systems law based on the Westminster constitutional paradigm (e.g. Canada, New Zealand and Australia). 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities5522 x 2.5 hour Seminars
Guided independent study151Individual reading and seminars preparation
Guided independent study94Assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

You are expected to keep up to date with topical events. This is best done by reading newspapers such as The Times or The Independent. Tabloid newspapers are not suitable.

You may also find recent and current editions of specialist journals, such as Public Lawand Modern Law Review, which are available in the Law Library (physical and electronic), useful for this purpose.