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Today there is a global dialogue on constitutionalism, and judges extensively borrow doctrinal concepts and arguments from each other. This makes the study of comparative constitutional law ever more relevant and has contributed to the rapid evolution of the discipline. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the methods and main themes of comparative constitutional law. The topics include constitutional borrowing; federalism; the comparison of presidential and parliamentary governments; the types of judicial review; different approaches to constitutional interpretation; the right to privacy and freedom of religion.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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Course Aims: The aim of the course is to introduce students to the methods and purposes of comparative constitutional law, to explain how the powers of government are allocated in different jurisdictions and to analyse how constitutional rights are protected. The topics include constitutional borrowing; federalism; presidential and parliamentary systems, the types of judicial review; different approaches to constitutional interpretation; the right of privacy; freedom of religion; equality. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding By the end of the course students will have been introduced to, understood and critically evaluated:
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1st Attempt: One 2,500 word essay (25%) and 1 three-hour written examination (75%). Resit: None.
One 1,000 word essay for MA Legal Studies students.
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