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Unit information: Constitutional Rights in 2020/21

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 Mr. Burton
Open unit status Not open




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


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 and religion; 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 details

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

Assessment Details

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment 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.