Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1014: German Constitutional Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of different aspects and general principles of German Constitutional Law. To this end, the module gives you an overview of the protection of fundamental rights; on the fundamental principles governing the character of the Federal Republic of Germany; the functions of the state organs; and the control of constitutionality. In particular, the module aims to enable you to:


(a) develop knowledge and understanding of German Constitutional Law;

(b) develop independent thinking and think practically in this field, and apply the legal rules and principles you have learned to specific situations;

(c) develop the ability to identify and analyse problematic constitutional issues;

(d) develop the ability to confidently use German legal terminology as well as  German legal methodology and case solving techniques; and

(e) gain an analytical and critical approach to German Constitutional Law and  develop an integrated understanding of the German constitutional order and political system.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a sound understanding of the German Constitutional Order and how to apply German Constitutional Law;
2. discuss constitutional issues and express yourself confidently in German on related subject matters such as German politics;
3. possess an awareness of conflicting interests in a constitutional context and an appreciation of how to reconcile them;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. solve constitutional law cases in a logically structured way by applying, interpreting and critically analysing the law;
5. utilise different sources of information, i.e. textbooks, articles, commentaries, when dealing with German legal issues in general and Constitutional Law in particular;
Personal and Key Skills6. select and analyse material in order to be able to do some basic research in German;
7. apply the law and critically discuss constitutional issues both orally and in writing, using German legal terminology;
8. work independently and in a group;
9. work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.