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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Tamas Gyorfi

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • One of Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay, 1000 words (30%)

Multiple choice exam (40%)

Essay, 1000 words (30%)



Resit failed element in same format

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse critically the changing nature of the UK Constitution and its key tenets
FactualUnderstandTo develop an understanding of Public Law and its applicability to the UK
FactualUnderstandTo gain knowledge and understanding of the UK Constitution, its core characteristics and concepts
ProceduralEvaluateTo differentiate between and use primary and secondary sources to support arguments and conclusions
ReflectionAnalyseTo communicate orally and in writing information, advice and choices in an effective manner

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