Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1035: Constitutional and Administrative Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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


  •  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  


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 Activities2222 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities13.5 9 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities13.5 9 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9 9 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent Study18Lecture preparation
Guided Independent Study18Syndicate meeting preparation
Guided Independent Study189 x 2 hour interactive syndicate meetings
Guided Independent Study51Seminar Preparation
Guided Independent Study86Exam Preparation
Guided Independent Study10Formative Exam Preparation
Guided Independent Study11ELE study materials
Guided Independent Study12Formative exercises
Guided Independent Study18Consolidation of learning

Online Resources

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