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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.