Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1039C: Public and European Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include all or most 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
  • Common law rights and the Human Rights Act 1998/ECHR.
  • Article Rights including
    • 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
    • Terrorism and human rights
    • Freedom from discrimination (Article 14)
  • Institutional Structure; Decision making Procedures; Legislative Process of the EU
  • Sources of EU law
  • Principles of Supremacy and Direct Effect
  • Enforcement of EU law against Member States
  • References for preliminary rulings
  • 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 Activities2222 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour teacher-led seminars
Guided Independent Study88Individual Reading
Guided Independent Study88Preparation for seminars
Guided Independent Study10Preparation 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 or The Independent. You may also find recent and current editions of specialist journals, such as Public Law and Modern Law Review, which are available in the Law Library, useful for this purpose.