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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1013: French Constitutional Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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 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 activity44Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity14 Tutorials
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities77 x 1hr Individualised Feedback Sessions
Guided Independent study90Tutorial preparation and essay
Guided Independent study55Consolidation of lecture notes
Guided Independent study90Pre lecture reading

Online Resources

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.