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LA201 - General Principles of Constitutional & Admin Law

  • Module code: LA201
  • Module name: General Principles of Constitutional & Admin Law
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module provides the student with an introduction to the principles of British public law, with particular emphasis on the public law of England and Wales. It is divided into two main components (Constitutional Law and Administrative Law), which look at the rules and principles of the institutions of the British government, their relationship among themselves and between them and the citizens of the United Kingdom.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to do the following, drawing upon appropriate legal and other literature as well as practical illustrations: To describe and assess the functions of law and constitutional conventions in the government of the United Kingdom.; To explain and evaluate the concepts of legality, democracy, constitutionalism, separation of powers, accountability and the rule of law and rights that are given effect in UK law; To identify and evaluate the constitutional problems arising from the creation and use of the main legal sources of governmental power: statutes, delegated legislation, prerogative powers, international treaties (in outline) and European Community law; To explain and assess the workings of the Human Rights Act 1998, and how certain Convention rights are protected in the UK; To explain and analyse the status of European Community law in the UK, and the doctrines of direct effect and primacy of European law; To explain and discuss the ways in which the system of government in the UK is changing and fragmenting.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught over 3 terms, comprising two weekly one-hour lectures and 7 one-hour seminars per term

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/current/undergraduate/materials/LA201

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: LA201-30)
D2 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 40%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 60%
Assessed Course Work 40%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 60%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Law (Year Abroad) (M104) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (3 year) (Qualifying Degree) (M105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (4 year) (Qualifying Degree) (M106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (European) Qualifying Degree (M107) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (Year Abroad) QD (M108) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with French Law (Qualifying Degree) (M10A) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with German Law (Qualifying Degree) (M10C) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (3 Year) (M110) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (3 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M111) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (4 Year) (M112) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (4 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M113) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Social Sciences (3 Year) (M114) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Social Sciences (3 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M115) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Social Sciences (4 Year) (M116) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law with Social Sciences (4 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M117) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (M300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (4 Year) (M301) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law (Part-time) (M303) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law (European) (M355) - Year 2
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 3
Optional Core
  • Law and Business Four Year (Qualifying Degree) (MN34) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (Qualifying Degree) with Intercalated Year (MN37) - Year 5
Optional
  • Undergraduate Law (Part-time) (M109) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law (Part-time) (M109) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law (Part-time) (M109) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN31) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies (MN32) - Year 4
  • Law and Business Four Year (Qualifying Degree) (MN34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (3+1) (MN35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Business Studies with Intercalated Year (4+1) (MN36) - Year 5