Undergraduate Module Descriptor
LAW2153: Law, Democracy and Populism: The Rise and Fall of Constitutional Democracy
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
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:
- Law, Constitutions and Constitutionalism
- The Rule of Law and the Idea of Constitutional Democracy
- The Populist Critique of the “Liberal” Component of Constitutional Democracy: Populism, “the People” and Popular Sovereignty
II. From Theory to Practice
- The Rise of Constitutional Democracy and the “End of History” (1989-2011)
- The Legal Implications of Contemporary Populism (I): Populism as a Constitutional Project
- The Legal Implications of Contemporary Populism (II): Populism and Courts
- Democratic Backsliding: The Hollowing Out / Fall of Constitutional Democracy?
- Rejuvenating Constitutional Democracy?
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 activities||20||10 x 2-hour seminars|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||2||2 x 1-hour lectures (i.e., introduction and further guidance on the assessment)|
|Guided independent study||50||Preparation for seminars (including reading time and preparation for discussion questions)|
|Guided independent study||15||Independent research and writing of formative essay / plan for summative essay|
|Guided independent study||23||Independent research and preparation for presentation (formative)|
|Guided independent study||40||Independent research and writing of summative essay|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).