Not available to non-law students.
• Constitutionalism: history, theories, principles and contemporary significance
• Models of Government at national, local and supra-national levels
• Human Rights – history and contemporary significance and deployment
• The scope of governmental authority and its limits
• Judicial review and other forms of citizen redress
40 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars.
Method of assessment
50% coursework consisting of an essay and an MCT and 50% examination.
On successfully completing the module students be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge and understanding, including an introduction to a range of critical and theoretical perspectives, of the structure and distribution of public power
2. A knowledge and understanding of the legal and conventional constraints on government
3. An introduction to and understanding of Human Rights protection
4. A knowledge and understanding of judicial review and other administrative law remedies
5. An ability to identify the source of legal authority for government action
6. An ability to identify controlling institutional structures and identify their causal power in determining the way in which individuals can respond within the public law sphere
7. An ability to evaluate the impact of a range of political texts on the emergence and development of:
- British constitutionalism
- Other examples of constitutionalism
- Human Rights
8. An ability to read and evaluate legal texts and cases and understand their relevance to the British Constitution and to the development of administrative law and human rights law