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Course Overview

This course will examine in detail both administrative law and civil liberties under the constitution of the United Kingdom.  Major topics include judicial review (scope, standing and grounds), the European Convention on Human Rights, the Human Rights Act 1998, voting rights, and common law rights.  This area is fast-moving, and an effort is made to address current issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert Taylor

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • LS1537 UK Constitutional Law (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 administrative law; the meaning and function of judicial review under the UK Constitution; the rules on scope and standing; the grounds of review, the history of civil liberties under the UK Constitution; common law rights; the European Convention on Human Rights; the Human Rights Act 1998; human rights adjudication; voting rights; the Equality Act 2010.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1000 word problem question

1000 word essay

Online tests

The three aforementioned assessment compartments are weighted equally.

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2020/2021)

Resit failed element in same format

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2019/2020 & C8 Students)


48 hour written exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo gain knowledge and understanding of administrative law and civil liberties under the UK Constitution.
ConceptualAnalyseTo develop a critical understanding of the role of the courts under the constitution in reviewing decisions and enforcing rights and freedoms from a variety of sources.
ConceptualAnalyseTo develop a critical understanding of the scope and nature of rights and freedoms under the UK Constitution
ConceptualEvaluateTo analyse and evaluate both the changing role of the courts in the exercise of its administrative law functions and the impact of increased rights protections on the UK Constitution and its character
ProceduralAnalyseTo differentiate between and use primary and secondary sources to support arguments and conclusions.
ReflectionCreateTo communicate orally and in writing information, advice and choices in an effective manner.

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