Law

Public Law II: Power, the Individual and the State

Module code: M3477
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

The module builds upon Public Law I to develop a deeper understanding of the British constitution and of constitutional law more generally. Drawing upon legal, political and social theory the module examines the theoretical principles of constitutions focussing upon the operation and distribution of power within the state and its impact upon the lives of groups and individuals. Both theories and historical accounts of legitimacy, democracy and human rights will be examined and their operation in contemporary legal and political practice will be considered.

Pre-requisite

Public Law 1 (M3406)

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe the basic principles of the social theory that applies to governance
  • Describe the background to and sources of individual liberties and fundamental rights
  • Apply a knowledge of social theory to an appraisal of the workings of the institutions of the state
  • Demonstrate competence in thinking critically about rights and the modern state