Module title: Constitutional and Administrative Law

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW07111
Module leader: Clare Frances Moran
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Clare Frances Moran
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
L & T methods Lectures will be used to impart knowledge and understanding of the topics while tutorials will support this learning in a more practical way. Moodle is used to provide teaching materials and other activities to support your learning experience. (LOs 1-4)
Embedding of employability etc skills - you will learn to assess and evaluate problems relating to actual case scenarios so that you can place them in their appropriate context. (LOs 5-6)
Assessment - The first assessment (an essay) will be an assignment designed to test your understanding of the construction of constitutions as they are affected by the organs of the State. The second assessment will be a 2 hour unseen examination at the end of trimester. (LOs 1-6)
Research teaching linkages etc - the module leader is actively engaged in scholarship in this area, reading widely and bringing the results of this reading for discussion in class. Your skills of research will be enhanced by solving problems and by the detailed feedback you will receive on your coursework.
Equality etc - this module is fully accessible by all students through the extensive use of Moodle to support and enhance their learning.
Internationalisation - although much of content of the module is based on the UK constitution, there is comparative study of other constitutions throughout and consideration of the policy, social, economic, ethical and moral issues that underpin and surround UK constitutional and administrative law in the European and wider international context.


Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes



Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1, 2, 5 - 6 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

a. Defining a constitution.
b. Sources of UK constitutional law
c. Doctrines of the constitution (parliamentary supremacy (including impact of EU law), rule of law and separation of powers).
d. How the UK Parliament and Government works.
e. Ministerial accountability and responsibility
f. Human rights and UK constitutional and administrative law.
g. Devolution; Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government; role of local authorities.
h. UK court structure and legal profession: their role in constitutional and administrative law.
i. Judicial review of administrative decisions; scope, locus standi, grounds for review, remedies

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify the sources of constitutional law and their relative importance to the UK constitution;
LO2: Describe how the doctrines of the constitution affect the UK constitution;
LO3: Appreciate the differences between the British Parliament and the Scottish Parliament;
LO4: Explain the importance of judicial review as a remedy in Scots law;
LO5: Apply knowledge and understanding to solving problems.
LO6: Understand the basic policy, social, economic, ethical and moral issues that underpin and surround UK constitutional and administrative law in the European and wider international context.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - H BARNETT (2013) CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: ROUTLEDGE, 10th ed.
Core - A BRADLEY AND K EWING (2014) CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: PEARSON, 16th ed.
Core - C HIMSWORTH ANND C O'NEILL (2015) SCOTLAND'S CONSTITUTION: LAW AND PRACTICE: BLOOMSBURY PROFESSIONAL, 3rd ed.
Recommended - C TURPIN AND A TOMKINS (2011) BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE CONSTITUTION: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 7th ed.
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