LW103-4-FY-CO:
Foundations of Public Law

The details
2019/20
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
02 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LW203, LW209, LW218, LW244, LW253, LW302

Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M120AF Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA MVC5 Philosophy and Law,
BA MVC6 Philosophy and Law (Including Placement Year),
BA MVC8 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM51 Philosophy and Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA VM58 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MV16 Law with Philosophy,
LLB MV18 Law with Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MV19 Law with Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module introduces the fundamentals of the UK constitution and the foundations of judicial review. The module explores: the nature of the constitution; the structure of governmental power; the sources of constitutional rules; and the fundamental principles underpinning the UK constitution. The module considers the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) and how they are accountable. The module examines the framework for protection of human rights in the UK and introduces the grounds of judicial review.

Module aims

This 30 credit module, taught across the academic year, aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of the UK Constitution and the foundations of judicial review. The module commences with examination of the basic features and principles of the United Kingdom constitution: the nature of the constitution; the structure of governmental power; the sources of constitutional rules; and the fundamental principles underpinning the constitution of the United Kingdom.

The module then moves on to consider the powers and functions of the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. This will include discussion of need for accountability in relation to governmental power and the mechanisms through which this is achieved. Consideration of the judicial branch will include an introduction to judicial review. Finally the module will examine the framework for protection of human rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to:

- Show understanding of the nature of the UK constitution and structure of government power
- Identify the sources from which constitutional rules are drawn and the manner in which they interrelate, including their interaction with international law
- Understand the fundamental principles of the UK constitution and analyse issues in relation to these principles
- Identify the distribution of powers and functions of the three branches of government and critically evaluate that distribution
- Consider the need for accountability in the exercise of government power and analyse the effectiveness of the mechanisms through which this is achieved
- Understand and evaluate the framework for protection of human rights in the UK
- Show awareness of the legal, political and social context in which public law operates
- Draw appropriate comparisons between the constitutional arrangements of the UK and other jurisdictions (Non-assessed)

Module information

SYLLABUS
1. The nature of the UK constitution; written and unwritten constitutions
2. Sources of constitutional rules: statute, cases, the royal prerogative, constitutional conventions, treaties
3. Key principles of the UK constitution: parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, the separation of power
4. Executive power
- The nature and exercise of executive power
- The political accountability of executive power, including ministerial responsibility
- The legal accountability of executive power, including judicial review
5. Legislative power
- The nature and exercise of legislative power
- The legislative process
- Parliamentary sovereignty
6. Judicial power
- The nature and exercise of judicial power
- Judicial review
7. Human Rights
- The European Convention on Human Rights and its requirements
- The protection of human rights under the Human Rights Act 1998
8. Constitutional Reform: The need for constitutional reform and shape such reforms might take, including the constitutional reform proposals of the current government

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly lectures and bi-weekly tutorials

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework LW103 Formative Essay 29/11/2019 100%
Coursework LW103 Summative Essay 17/03/2020
Exam 195 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Richard Cornes, Professor Theodore Konstadinides, Professor Maurice Sunkin, Nikos Vogiatzis, Carlos Herrera-Martin, Morteza Shirzad, Lee Marsons, Panagiota Kotzamani and Godswill Agbaitoro
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 376 hours, 88 (23.4%) hours available to students:
288 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

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