|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 7 entry requirements or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To develop an understanding of the general principles of constitutional law and their relevance to contemporary society.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Recognise and discuss in depth the sources and scope of the constitution.|
||Explain the devolution settlement and the position of Scotland within the United Kingdom and European Union.|
||Evaluate the doctrines of the separation of powers, parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law and the role and nature of judicial review.|
Indicative Module Content
Sources and scope of constitutional law, doctrines of separation of powers, parliamentary sovereignty, and the rule of law. Levels of governance - EU, UK, Scottish and local. Judicial review. Human Rights Act 1998 implications for constitutional law.
Indicative Student Workload
|Private Study||55||Mode of Delivery|
This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In the distance learning mode, in addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2|
|Component 2 ||1,2,3|
|Component 3 ||1,2,3|
Component 1 - Written coursework worth 30% of the overall module grade.
Component 3 - Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate (refer further - Module Performance Descriptor) to a reasonable level in online forum and tutorial activities.
Component 2 - Examination worth 70% of the overall module grade.
|1.||BLACK, R. et al., eds., 2002. The laws of Scotland: Stair memorial encyclopaedia, constitutional law (reissue). [online]. London: LexisNexis.|
|2.||BLACK, R. et al., eds. 2002. The laws of Scotland: Stair memorial encyclopaedia, European community law and institutions (reissue). [online]. London: LexisNexis.|
|3.||ELLIOT, M. and THOMAS R, 2017. Public Law 3rd ed. Oxford University Press.|
|4.||HIMSWORTH, C.M.G. and O'NEILL, C.M., 2015. Scotland’s constitution: law and practice. 3rd ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.|
|5.||MCFADDEN, J. and MCFADZEAN, D., 2016. Public law essentials. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Law Essentials.|