Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW1013: French Constitutional Law
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.
General Introduction: Definition of the concepts of State and Constitution; French Constitutional history and the French concept of Republic
The Third Republic;
The Executive Power (President of the Republic, Government, Système d’Assemblée)
The Legislative Power (Parliament)
The Fifth Republic;
The Executive Power (President of the Republic, Government, Présidentialisme et cohabitation);
The Legislative Power (Parliament);
The Rule of Law (hierarchy of norms and control of constitutionality, the Constitutional Council).
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||44||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||14||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities||7||7 x 1hr Individualised Feedback Sessions|
|Guided Independent study||90||Tutorial preparation and essay|
|Guided Independent study||55||Consolidation of lecture notes|
|Guided Independent study||90||Pre lecture reading|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Legifrance; official websites of the main French political institutions; further guidance will be provided in lectures.
Other Learning Resources
Folders on topical subjects or institutions related to the course are regularly distributed at the beginning of each term as the work involved in the LLB European (French) / Maîtrise (Master 1) degree programme is heavily research based.