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Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the law about government and the state in the United Kingdom.  The course primarily cover UK constitutional law.  Major topics include institutions of state, parliamentary sovereignty, Britain's relationship with the European Union, the rule of law, the separation of powers, and devolution.  This area of law is fast-moving, and an effort is made to address current issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert Taylor

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) or Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course content will include: the concept of constitutional law and constitutions; the UK constitution and its sources; parlaimentary supremacy; the rule of law, the separation of powers; the composition, powers and functions of the UK Parliament and government, the composition, powers and functions of the devolved parliaments and governments; the role of the courts; devolution and its impact on the UK constitution; and local government.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 one-hour written examination (50% written exam question and 50% multiple choice) (60%), and continuous assessment (essay) (40%).

Resit: 1 one-hour examination (60%) and/or resubmission of in-course assessment (40%) (as appropriate).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Summative assessment essay feedback is to be provided on an individual basis by comments on each student's essay. A feedback sheet will be produced that will contain details of the appropriate approach and information concerning commonly encountered errors. There will also be a feedback session for the whole class where the feedback will be discussed and questions answered.
Individual feedback on exam performance is available on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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