Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW1035: Constitutional and Administrative Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to develop:

  • An understanding of the concepts, traditions and principles underpinning the constitution of the UK.
  • An understanding of the main recent constitutional reforms of the United Kingdom constitution, especially in relation to Europe, devolution, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.
  • An understanding of the nature, basis and continuing development of judicial review in the United Kingdom.
  • An ability to analyse the links between public law and the exercise of political and judicial power.
  • An ability to begin to use, analyse and critique materials and texts.
  • An ability to articulate and discuss issues relating to public law.

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 knowledge and understanding of the law, institutions and procedures covered on the module, using appropriate concepts, interpretative techniques and terminology;
2. identify and analyse (with guidance) the general concepts and principles relating to constitutional and administrative law, together with related theories and academic commentary;
3. research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying constitutional and administrative law in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it;
4. demonstrate competent understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which constitutional and administrative law operate;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal rules, concepts, values and principles, and the ability to explain and discuss the relationships among them;
6. make an informed judgement about the merits and relevance of particular information and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
7. communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline;
Personal and Key Skills8. take responsibility for own learning (with support), and to work effectively with others within a group, meeting obligations to the other members of the group;
9. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with some guidance;
10. manage time efficiently in preparing for learning activities, and to work independently within a limited time frame, to complete a specified task.