Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW2035: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.

  • The nature of constitutions and the purposes of constitutionalism. 
  • The constitution of the United Kingdom: institutions; legal and non-legal rules; underlying  
    principles: parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law and separation of powers.  
  • The impact of European law on parliamentary sovereignty and the constitution of the United Kingdom.  
  • The impact of devolution on parliamentary sovereignty and the constitution of the United Kingdom.  
  • The protection of individual liberties within the constitutional framework of the UK. The Human Rights Act 1998. 
  • Introduction to the theory, origins and nature of administrative law 
  • Functions and characteristics of administrative powers and controls  
  • The essence and practice of judicial review: Ambit, Grounds, Remedies
  • The limits on judicial review  
  • Administrative tribunals and ombudsmen

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
582420

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities2222 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities189 x 2 hour teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities189 x 2 hour drop-in teacher-led surgeries
Guided Independent study189 x 2 hour peer-led syndicate meetings & activities
Guided Independent study18Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study 11ELE materials
Guided Independent study 18Syndicate preparation
Guided Independent study 51Seminar preparation
Guided Independent study 18Consolidation of learning
Guided Independent study 10Formative assessment preparation
Guided Independent study 12Formative exercises
Guided Independent study86Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).