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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW1021 Constitutional Law I and II

30 creditsClass Size: 7

Module manager: Dr Chloe Wallace
Email: c.j.wallace@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

To provide an introduction to the philosophy behind, and principal institutions of, the British constitution with special reference to its impact in law and an overview of the basic methods of legal control over administrative bodies.

Syllabus

In regard to principles, the following issues will be addressed:
- Constitutionalism, including concepts of the rule of law and the separation of powers and the position of the courts;
- Democracy and the working of electoral law;
- The treatment of individual rights with reference to domestic law and European jurisdictions; traditionalism, which includes the consequences of an unwritten constitution;
- Sources of law (including conventions) and pressures for reform;
- Parliamentary sovereignty, including its impact in relation to the Acts of Union, the position of Northern Ireland and the relationship with the European Community.

In regard to institutions, the following will be covered:
- The Crown, with the emphasis upon the sources of powers, such as the prerogative and delegated legislation;
- The Prime Minister, the Cabinet, the civil service, their functions and relationships;
- Parliament, with the emphasis on its role in the passage of legislation and control of the executive.

Internal review mechanisms, tribunals and inquiries, Judicial review, ombudsmen, actions in private law.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture441.0044.00
Seminar101.5015.00
Private study hours241.00
Total Contact hours59.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,500 word essay30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/04/2015

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