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Unit information: Law and State in 2021/22

Unit name Law and State
Unit code LAWD10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Robert Craig
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The unit aims to introduce students to the main legal and political institutions of the UK and international orders of which it is a part; to consider their respective roles in the law-making process; and to understand their interrelationship.

Topics may include: states and constitutions; international law, EU law, and the constitution; parliamentary sovereignty; the constitutional role of the judiciary; the composition and procedures of Parliament; the executive; the regulatory state; devolution.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the United Kingdom's constitution and its major institutions of government, as well as their functions and the principles which underpin them;
  • Describe the role of the constitution in regulating relationships between citizens and the state, between states themselves, and between states and supranational institutions;
  • Analyse the multi-layered nature of the United Kingdom’s constitution;
  • Discuss complex judicial decisions with multiple opinions;
  • Demonstrate independent research skills;
  • Analyse, synthesise, and offer critical evaluation of information, as well as expound systematically in writing the material in its political and historical context.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

1 x summative assessment: coursework with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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