Contemporary Constitutional Controversies (M3052)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Once thought of as the exemplar of stability and incremental change, the UK Constitution has, in recent years, found itself in a position of profound unsettlement. Issues such as our relationship with Europe, devolution/independence, voting reform and the role of the European Court of Human Rights have become live political issues which show no signs of immediate resolution. This module will critically examine a selection of current debates in UK public law, combining legal, political and philosophical perspectives. To keep the module up-to-date with political and legal developments, as well as cutting-edge research, the precise topics covered may vary from year to year.


100%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.