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Unit information: Constitutional Rights in 2015/16

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Unit name Constitutional Rights
Unit code LAWD10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Tony Prosser
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce the student to a range of public law processes by which the relationship between the individual and the state is mediated and individual rights protected. Topics covered include: the rule of law; judicial review; Human Rights Act 1998; freedom of expression; freedom of information and official secrecy; legal responses to terrorism.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the legal processes by which the relationship between the individual and the state is mediated in England and Wales, and the principles which underpin these.
  • State the law accurately
  • Apply legal principles to hypothetical problem case scenarios
  • Think critically about ways in which the law and institutions operate and means by which they could be reformed.

Teaching Information

30 x 1 hour lectures; 8 x 1 hour tutorials.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: one mid-sessional examination in January plus one other piece of formative work.

The (formative) mid-sessional exam is mandatory; the other formative assessment is optional.

Summative assessment: one three-hour closed book examination in May/June, in which students answer 3 questions (at least one essay and at least one problem) from a choice of 7 questions.

The examination includes both problem type and essay type questions, designed to assess both whether students were able to understand and apply the law across the breadth of the syllabus, and whether they were able to think critically about it. The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

Most recent editions of:

• Oxford custom Publishing, Public Law (the customised text for this unit and for LAWD10012 Law and State)

• J. Jowell and D. Oliver (eds.) The Changing Constitution