Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1039C: Public and European Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • The concept of constitutionalism
  • The history, concepts, traditions and principles of the constitution
  • Constitutional conventions
  • The Crown and government
  • Parliamentary supremacy
  • The rule of law and the separation of powers
  • Judicial review
  • Public Inquiries
  • Devolution
  • Human Rights
  • Common law rights
  • the Human Rights Act 1998/ECHR.
  • Council of Europe
  • The European Convention of Human Rights
  • Article Rights including
    • Right to life (Article 2)
    • Prohibition from torture (Article 3)
    • Personal liberty (Article 5)
    • Right to a fair trial (Article 6) 
    • Right to respect for private life (Article 8):
    • Freedom of expression (Article 10) 
    • Freedom to protest and public order law
    • Freedom from discrimination (Article 14)
  • Enforcement of European law: Actions for annulment and failure to act; Actions for damages
  • Aspects of the Single Market
  • Citizenship and Fundamental Rights

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

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

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2718 x 1.5-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2718 x 1.5-hour teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities63 x 2-hour skills workshops
Guided Independent Study88Individual reading
Guided Independent Study88Preparation for seminars
Guided Independent Study16Preparation for formative essay
Guided Independent Study48Preparation for summative assessment

Online Resources

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

Other Learning Resources

You are expected to keep up to date with topical events. This is best done by reading newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, The Independent or The Telegraph. You may also find recent and current editions of specialist journals, such as Public Law and Modern Law Review, which are available digitally in the Law Library, useful for this purpose.