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Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the laws and rules of the UK Constitution.  Major topics include the institutions of state, parliamentary sovereignty, 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
  • Dr Robert Taylor

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

  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • 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; parliamentary sovereignty; 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

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

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

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