LW103-4-FY-CO:
Public Law

The details
2024/25
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
30
11 April 2024

 

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

 

LW209, LW218, LW302

Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100DE Law,
LLB M100LD Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M100TD Law,
LLB M100TS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M107DE Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
MLAWM199 Law,
MLAWMA98 Law (Including Placement Year),
MLAWMA99 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 MM20WS Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM30 Law with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
LLB MV06 Law with Philosophy (Including Foundation 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 ML26 Law with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN03 Law with Business (Including Foundation Year),
BA LM11 Criminology with Criminal Law,
BA LM12 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA LM13 Criminology with Criminal Law (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 MN13 Law with Finance (Including Foundation Year),
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM03 Law with Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M123 Licence English and French Law (Double Degree),
BA VM10 History and Law,
BA VM11 History and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM12 History and Law (including Placement Year),
BA VM13 History and Law (including Year Abroad),
LLB M1Q3 Law with Literature,
LLB M1Q4 Law with Literature (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M1Q5 Law with Literature (Including Placement Year),
LLB M1Q6 Law with Literature (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M1V1 Law with History,
LLB M1V2 Law with History (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M1V3 Law with History (Including Placement Year),
LLB M1V4 Law with History (Including Year Abroad)

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

The aims of this module are:



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • To examine the framework for protection of human rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Show understanding of the nature of the UK constitution and structure of government power.

  2. Identify the sources from which constitutional rules are drawn and the manner in which they interrelate, including their interaction with international law.

  3. Understand the fundamental principles of the UK constitution and analyse issues in relation to these principles.

  4. Identify the distribution of powers and functions of the three branches of government and describe that distribution.

  5. Consider the need for accountability in the exercise of government power and analyse the effectiveness of the mechanisms through which this is achieved.

  6. Understand and describe the framework for protection of human rights in the UK.

  7. Show awareness of the legal, political and social context in which public law operates.

  8. 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:

    1. The nature and exercise of executive power

    2. The political accountability of executive power, including ministerial responsibility

    3. The legal accountability of executive power, including judicial review



  5. Legislative power:

    1. The nature and exercise of legislative power

    2. The legislative process

    3. Parliamentary sovereignty



  6. Judicial power:


    1. The nature and exercise of judicial power

    2. Judicial review



  7. Human Rights:


    1. The European Convention on Human Rights and its requirements

    2. 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

This module will be delivered via:

  • Weekly lectures
  • Bi-weekly tutorials

Students will also have the oportunity to use their knowledge in an active, applied and hands-on manner through simulated real-life activities.

Bibliography*

  • Le Sueur, A. P.; Sunkin, Maurice; Murkens, Jo Eric. (©2019) Public law: text, cases, and materials, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Law Trove - expand your learning, broaden your mind, https://0-www-oxfordlawtrove-com.serlib0.essex.ac.uk/

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Multiple Choice Questions - Continuous assessment (LW103 Public Law)    50% 
Coursework   Formative Essay (LW103 Public Law)    0% 
Coursework   Essay (LW103 Public Law)    50% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Additional coursework information

Assessment will be split as:

  • 10% Multiple Choice Questions
  • 30% Coursework (essay) and 
  • 60% in person restricted materials exam.

This will allow students to develop there understanding of the module through continuous feedback.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Dimitrios Kyritsis, email: d.kyritsis@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Dimitrios Kyritsis, Professor Maurice Sunkin, Dr Nikos Vogiatzis, Professor Theodore Konstadinides, Mr Lee Marsons, Mr David Toube, Mr Godswill Agbaitoro
Law UG Education Administrators: lawschoolug@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Paolo Sandro
University of Salford
Lecturer in Law
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 1475 hours, 162 (11%) hours available to students:
1277 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
36 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Essex Law School

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