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Unit information: Constitutional Rights in 2019/20

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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 Mr. Burton
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

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

Description

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 details

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

2 formative assessments: 1 x 1,000 word coursework and 1 x 1 hour exam in the January Examination Period.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

Assessment Details

1 x formative assessment (submitted for marking), plus additional informal formative feedback opportunities as indicated by the unit coordinator.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

1 summative assessment: 1 x 2 hour exam in the Summer Examination Period.

Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

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

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