PUBLIC LAW 1 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - 2022/3
Module code: LAW1031
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
This module introduces students to constitutional law, whilst integrating training in the development of legal skills and provides a solid foundation for their further study of core modules on the programme. This module analyses governance in context in the United Kingdom. Understanding public authority and protections against its abuse is the primary objective of the module. Comparisons are made with other constitutional and administrative systems. Public institutions at European, national, devolved and local levels are explained. The relationships between the legislative, executive and judicial authority are examined.
School of Law
CLAPHAM Nick (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: M210
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 84
Seminar Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 8
Guided Learning: 32
Captured Content: 15
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Introduction to Public Law
- The law-making process
- Sources of Constitutional Law
- Royal Prerogative
- Constitutional Conventions
- Parliamentary Sovereignty
- The Rule of Law
- The Separation of Powers
- The Impact of European Union membership
- Human Rights: The Human Rights Act and the European Convention of Human Rights
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||2,500 WORD COURSEWORK||100|
The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their thorough understanding of constitutional law. The formative assessment focuses on the key principles which underpin all themes on the module, and tests students’ legal research and drafting skills. The summative assessment is designed to test a variety of the module’s learning outcomes, identifying and rewarding students’ analytical skills and demonstration of knowledge. This module encourages students not to see topics in isolation, and to creatively make connections between principles and themes on the course. The summative assessment provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills developed during the module and to draft coursework drawing on the themes covered in the module, as appropriate.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 2500 word coursework
Formative assessment and feedback
- 1250 word coursework.
- Individual and general feedback provided to students.
- Other formative exercises may be set in or outside class.
- The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the UK constitution and the various contexts in which it operates. Students address such questions as: Where does power lie in the UK constitution? Who has ultimate constitutional power? What is the relationship between UK and EU law? What principles govern the UK? What is the relationship between the state and the individual in the UK? What role should judges play in upholding the constitution? What are the issues influencing the development of Public Law in the UK?
|1||Demonstrate their understanding of the nature, sources and operation of the UK constitution||KC|
|2||Demonstrate their knowledge of the doctrines and concepts which inform an understanding of the UK constitution||KC|
|3||Demonstrate an understanding of the law-making process in the UK||KC|
|4||Compare and contrast the UK's constitution with the constitutions of selected comparative jurisdictions||CT|
|5||Identify and the main organs of government in the UK and examine critically the relationships between them||KC|
|6||Analyse the impact of membership of the European Union on the UK's legal system||KC|
|7||Apply acquired knowledge to problems and issues||KCPT|
|8||Apply constitutional theories and principles to substantive issues||KPT|
|9||Undertake legal research to locate and deploy relevant materials||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to complement the programme learning and teaching strategy in fostering knowledge and understanding of Public Law I topics through a diverse range of teaching methods. As such, students are offered learning and feedback opportunities through lectures, tutorials, online and in tutors’ consultation hours. Students are encouraged to practice and improve their legal skills (e.g. legal research, case-reading and analysis, drafting, appropriate referencing) during their preparation for tutorials and when completing their formative and summative coursework.
The learning and teaching methods include:
The delivery format of the module is: one 2-hour lecture per week (11 weeks) and one 1-hour tutorial per week (8 weeks). The module delivery is supplemented by guided learning during Reading Week, guidance provided via the SurreyLearn module area, consultation hours during the Semester, and extended consultation hours prior to the summative assessment.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.