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This constitutional law course considers how core political freedoms are protected by human rights law in the UK. The course takes the form of seminar discussion, based on prescribed reading, of civil liberties such as freedom of expression; freedom of thought; freedom to protest; and the right to vote. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on how the law guarantees those rights. The broader context of class discussion includes the relationship between the law of the ECHR and domestic law on human rights; and the balance of power between courts, Parliament and government to determine the scope of civil liberties.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.
Course Aims: The course aims to offer students the opportunity to develop their study of human rights law by considering critically the ways in which the law interacts with specific freedoms. ‘Civil liberties’ is the term used before the advent of the human rights law era (in the late twentieth century) to describe core political freedoms. The focus of the course is on political liberties such as freedom of expression, freedom of association (rights to protest), the right to vote, and the problem of balancing personal liberty with national security laws targeting terrorist activity. The aims are to provide students with an enhanced understanding of how the law governs those freedoms, and an opportunity to reflect critically on the balance the law achieves between individual liberties and potentially conflicting state goals, such as preserving public order. Has the advent of the human rights era improved the protection of citizens’ core civil liberties. The course aims to address this theme throughout its study of separate rights. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding Students will know:
The course is available also to students on the MA Legal Studies programme, who may take it as a 30 credit option. This option requires that students submit coursework of 3,500 words.
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1st Attempt: 1 three-hour exam (75%) and one 3,500 word essay (25%). Resit: Normally, no resit is available.
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