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Constitutional and Administrative Law

Module code: LLBP 1001

Module description

This module is designed to help students understand how the UK's system of government works and to examine how the exercise of government power can be controlled. Initially it focuses on the fact that the UK's constitution, being unwritten, is very flexible and quite unlike any other. It then looks at the main sources of the constitution and examines the key principles upon which it is based. The central role of Parliament within this constitution is considered, along with the impact of EU membership, the theoretical and practical powers enjoyed by the Monarch, and the roles of the judiciary and executive (or government).

Other key topics covered are: (a) the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, which ensures that the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights are now enforceable in the courts of this country ; (b) the role of the police and how they can be held to account for the use of their wide ranging powers; and (c) executive accountability, the nature of the judicial review and the grounds upon which government decisions may be challenged.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 42 hours
  • Tutorials: 21 hours


  • Discursive essay (60%) 
  • Presentation of infographic (40%)

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books